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Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos
Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.

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Creator Name: Praxiteles
Creator Qualifier: after
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Greek; fl. c.370-c.330 B.C. Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Active Place: Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: Praxiteles
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Artist (copy)
Creator Dates/Places: Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos
Title Type: preferred
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: 101
Creation End Date: 200
Creation Date: Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.
Creation Place: Early Western World,Roman Republic and Empire
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.: 168 cm (66-1/8 in.); Width at breast: 57.2 cm (22-1/2 in.); Width at hips: 43.2 cm (17 in.); Width at base: 47 cm (18-1/2 in.); Depth of body: 42 cm (16-1/2 in.); Depth of base: 33 cm (13 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1981.11
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Katherine K. Adler, Harold L. Stuart, and Wirt D. Walker endowments
Subject Description: This statue is a copy of the first full-scale female nude statue in Greek art carved by Praxiteles for the city of Knidos in the mid-fourth century B.C. Headless and missing parts of both arms, as well as the water jar at her feet, the goddess Aphrodite is shown at her bath. The Greek goddess was adopted into the Roman pantheon where she was called Venus.
Context: Roman copy of the fourth-century B.C. Greek original by Praxiteles. The original Knidian Aphrodite was made at the end of Athens' great classical period just before Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great incorporated the Greek world intotheir world empire. This copy of the original was made during the next great empire, probably in the Hadrianic period of the Roman empire (early 2nd century A.D.) when a philhellene emperor ruled. The Romans who were brilliant providers of public works like water supplies and roads, and efficient government administrators as well as formidable soldiers, turned to Greece for their artistic inspiration.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1981.11
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

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