RB1318

A Roman Imperial Votive Bronze of Aphrodite, ca. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.

This graceful bronze of a nude woman, depicts Venus, the classical goddess of love and beauty, standing contrapposto with both arms raised to lift the long curly tresses of her hair and wring it dry, as though she were just emerging from the sea. Her raised arms and hair expose her breasts and openly display her sensual nudity. Her hair is finely rendered in the tutulus style. 

The statuette is a small-scale Roman evocation of the famous Greek concept of Aphrodite Anadyomene, or Aphrodite "rising" from the sea. This is a classical representation of the goddess, as she was said to have been born from the seafoam a full-grown woman. The iconic nature of this pose can be traced throughout art history, beginning with Greek and Roman Antiquity and culminating in the 20th century Modernist movement, where Pablo Picasso recast the image of Venus Anadyomene in the central figure of his seminal painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), a modernist deconstruction of the pose, and one of the early examples of Cubism. Further, Venus Anadyomene offered a natural subject for a fountain at the National Gallery of Art, thus Washington DC has a lifesize bronze plumbed so that water drips from Venus' drying hair, modeled by a close follower of Giambologna, late sixteenth century.

Similar small-scale bronzes can be viewed in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example: accession number 96.9.408

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.   An exquisite example of ancient art at its finest.

Dimensions:  Height: 6.3 cm (2.5 inches), Mounted Height: 7.5 cm (3 inches) 

Provenance:  Private NJ collection, acquired from The Antiquarium, NYC., 2000.

 





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