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Torso of Venus

Torso of Venus

1-200

Marble

Overall: 64.2 cm (25 1/4 in.); with base: 78.8 cm (31 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1926.565

Description

As avid collectors of Greek art, ancient Romans valued sculptures for their aesthetic qualities. This torso of Venus was likely inspired by the popularity of Praxiteles's nude Aphrodite from the Greek city-state of Knidos on the western coast of Asia Minor. Displayed in a circular shrine, it became one of the most celebrated sculptures in classical antiquity.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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