Capitoline Venus

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1st century BCE - 1st century CE

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H.: 187 cm

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The Capitoline Venus derives from the celebrated Aphrodite of Cnidos, created by the renowned classical Greek sculptor Praxiteles around 360 BC. The Capitoline Venus is largely a faithful copy, although her pose is reversed, the hairstyle is more elaborate and, unlike the original, she covers her nakedness with both arms rather than just one. The hydria next to her is a vessel for water, perhaps alluding to bathing or Venus' birth from the sea. One of the most admired and frequently copied of all Roman antiquities.

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