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Aphrodite may represent the single most important and most striking figure among the divine statues of the Hellenistic period. Aphrodite is the goddess of sex and physical love. Some statues of the late 5th century have tried to represent the erotic dimension through sultry drapes. These attempts, however, remained within the limits allowed in that time. Certainly, there were already representations of naked women in Greek art: the courtesan vases or Lapiths (Greek tribe) of architectural sculpture, but the nudity was always justified in narrative contexts. The theme of Aphrodite has been very popular among artists of the Hellenistic period who liked to showcase female nudity in various forms.

The pattern is often repeated by the Roman copyists to decorate gardens and spas. So how is this work intended as a mantra to sensuality? The description of the sculpture depicts the characteristics of female nudity and through a careful analysis it portrays the study of the period when the sculpture was made, the favorite subject of Greek and Roman sculptors. It is a marble statue with a height of 107 meters. The copyist was inspired by a Roman Crouching Aphrodite Greek, now lost, perhaps in bronze, one thinks dated 3rd century BC on the assumption that it was commissioned by King Nicomedes, who founded Nicomedia in 264 (now Izmit in Turkey), the capital of Bithynia. It would be attributed to Doidalsas of Bithynia. It was found in Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli in Italy in the 1920s.

Tags: Aphrodite, Hellenistic period, architectural sculpture, Roman copyists, Roman Crouching Aphrodite Greek

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