APHRODITE CROUCHING I | pastel painting | artist STRIX
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.
The marble sculpture is a Roman copy and accredited by many to Doidalses of Bithynia dating from the Antonine period, 2nd century AD. The Greek original by Praxiteles, 2nd century C.E.
The Greek goddess Aphrodite is also known by her Roman name Venus and is also referred to as 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.
To create this work the artist used Unison Pastels and Pitt pastel pencils on pastel paper.