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LARGE solid marble Aphrodite torso, 18th century

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LARGE solid marble Aphrodite torso, 18th century

Lot 160701 Details

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An elegant marble copy of the 1st century Roman Aphrodite of the Temple of Hercules Victor in Tivoli, Italy, also known as the Aphrodite of Frejus. The cult of Aphrodite was established by Julius Cesar upon claiming this sacred goddess as his divine ancestor. Statues of this \"Venus Genetrix (mother)\" type were popularly produced during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD and again early in the Neoclassical movement. Aphrodite was the ultimate icon of feminine beauty and love in ancient Rome. Born from the foam of the sea, she was considered the most attractive woman in the world and said to inspire lust in all manner of man and nature. She is thought by some scholars to be the first figure shown in the nude in Western art history.In this depiction, her polished torso is enrobed in a wet and clinging chiton, one breast exposed. The fabric hangs in long, deeply carved folds from her left arm and down her back. The figure is posed in the Venus Genetrix tableaux in which the goddess reaches behind her shoulder to raise a mantle over her head, while holding an apple in her other hand. The body is positioned halfway between standing and walking, demonstrating the sensuous curves of a contrapposto figure.
Condition
Weighs over 150 lbs. Three fractures exist: one encircling the mound of the left breast, one running the length from the left side of the neck down to the bicep of the left arm, and the smallest on the front of the right shoulder.
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LARGE solid marble Aphrodite torso, 18th century

Estimate $125,000 - $250,000
Jun 28, 2015
Starting Price $75,000
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160701: LARGE solid marble Aphrodite torso, 18th century

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Est. $125,000 - $250,000Starting Price $75,000
Exquisite 18th - early 20th Century Art
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Lot 160701 Details

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An elegant marble copy of the 1st century Roman Aphrodite of the Temple of Hercules Victor in Tivoli, Italy, also known as the Aphrodite of Frejus. The cult of Aphrodite was established by Julius Cesar upon claiming this sacred goddess as his divine ancestor. Statues of this \"Venus Genetrix (mother)\" type were popularly produced during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD and again early in the Neoclassical movement. Aphrodite was the ultimate icon of feminine beauty and love in ancient Rome. Born from the foam of the sea, she was considered the most attractive woman in the world and said to inspire lust in all manner of man and nature. She is thought by some scholars to be the first figure shown in the nude in Western art history.In this depiction, her polished torso is enrobed in a wet and clinging chiton, one breast exposed. The fabric hangs in long, deeply carved folds from her left arm and down her back. The figure is posed in the Venus Genetrix tableaux in which the goddess reaches behind her shoulder to raise a mantle over her head, while holding an apple in her other hand. The body is positioned halfway between standing and walking, demonstrating the sensuous curves of a contrapposto figure.
Condition
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Weighs over 150 lbs. Three fractures exist: one encircling the mound of the left breast, one running the length from the left side of the neck down to the bicep of the left arm, and the smallest on the front of the right shoulder.

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