The torso is an impressive example of the respect and enthusiasm the ancient Greeks felt for renowned works of art by famous Greek artists of an earlier time. This Aphrodite is an adaption based on a statue by fourth century BCE artist Praxiteles. This revered sculpture of the goddess Aphrodite was created for her temple at Knidos, on the Aegean coast of modern Turkey.
Artist Greek
  • Torso of Aphrodite
Date 1st century BCE
Medium marble
Dimensions Overall: 26 3/4 × 16 × 10 1/2 inches (67.9 × 40.6 × 26.7 cm)
Including base (including rod): 36 1/4 × 16 × 10 1/2 inches (92.1 × 40.6 × 26.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 24.4
Department Greco-Roman and Ancient European
On View European: Influence of Ancient Greeks and Romans, Level 2 (see map)
Count Estourmal, Chateau Oygalades.
(M. Bing);
1925-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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