Statue of Aphrodite, 100 — Ancient Rome, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Statue of Aphrodite

Ancient Rome

Greek and Roman MythologyVenusGoddess

Ancient Rome owed much of its art and culture to Greece, whose obsession with physical perfection and philosophical rigor left an easily co-opted legacy of art and myth. This Roman statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was itself a copy of a statue made nearly 500 years before by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Aphrodite herself was a Greek goddess originally, renamed Venus by the Romans.

Submitted by Reed Engermetmuseum.org
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