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The Aphrodite Statue

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The original Aphrodite statue was created for the Temple of Aphrodite at Knidos as a devotion monument. It represented the Goddess as she proceeded for the ceremonial bath that regenerated her pureness.

original statue

The sculpture of Aphrodite created a canon for female nudity proportions, inspiring several reproductions.

temple in knidos

The Aphrodite sculpture, although being a religious figure and a patron of the Knidians, became a popular tourist destination.

the sculptor praxiteles 

Praxiteles of Athens, the son of Cephisodotus the Elder, was the most prominent sculptor in Attica during the fourth century BC. He was the first to build a life-size statue of a naked woman.

the sculptor praxiteles

Praxiteles’ subjects were either humans or dignified and less aged deities like Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite instead of Zeus, Poseidon, or Themis. Praxiteles and his pupils nearly completely worked with Parian marble.

background of the sculpture

Praxiteles’ original Aphrodite statue has long been lost; one tale has it that it was finally transferred to Constantinople, where it was ruined in a blaze in the 5th century CE.

background of the sculpture

The Aphrodite sculpture was heralded as a breakthrough in artwork in antiquity because it was the first full nude sculpture among Greek and female Roman statues following millennia of sculptures of women.

background of the sculpture

It was so popular that hundreds of variations and duplicates of it were manufactured across the classical civilizations, in full size and miniatures.