APHRODITE CROUCHING I

APHRODITE CROUCHING I

By STRIX

 

Original Artwork

Pastel on Ingres Paper

255 mm x 360 mm

‘Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath. Roman copy of a Greek original, 2nd century AD.’

THE BRITISH MUSEUM, THE ROYAL COLLECTION.

APHRODITE CROUCHING I by STRIX

This is the first of two pastel studies exploring the exquisite sculptural masterpiece on display at the British Museum, Aphrodite crouching before her bath.

 

This first side study highlights the elegant harmony within the sculpture’s graceful design, emphasising the gentle curve of the back which contrasts with the powerful supporting contour of the leg and refined sweep of the arm.

 

The marble sculpture is a Roman copy and accredited by many to Doidalses of Bithynia dating from the Antonine period, 2nd century AD. It is believed to be a copy of the Greek original by Praxiteles, 2nd century C.E.


The Greek goddess Aphrodite is also known by her Roman name Venus and this sculpture is also referred to as the Crouching Venus.  


The subject of the Crouching Aphrodite is a Hellenistic interpretation of Aphrodite surprised at her bath. The design was popular and reproduced extensively in antiquity and involves the figure of Aphrodite crouching with her right knee close to the ground. Startled, the goddess turns her head while placing her right arm over to her left shoulder to protect her modesty.

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