Title: Venus of Arles: Contemporary Take
Artist Statement: This contemporary take on a beautiful and famous Greek statue, is an attempt to bring the classism of the renaissance and marry it with a contemporary style, making it a beautiful piece to hang in a modern home.
The Venus of Arles is a 1.94-metre-high (6.4 ft) sculpture of Venus at the Musee du Louvre. It is in Hymettus marble and dates to the end of the 1st century BC.
It may be a copy of the Aphrodite of Thespiae by Praxiteles, ordered by the courtesan Phyrne. In the 2nd century AD, Pausanias mentioned the existence at Thespiae in Boeotia(central Greece) of a group made up of Cupid, Phryne and Aphrodite. The Praxitelean style may be detected in the head's resemblance to that of the Cnidian Aphrodite, a work of Praxiteles known through copies. In a tentative attempt to reconstruct his career, the original Aphrodite of Thespiae would be a work from his youth in the 360s BC, and this partially draped female (frequently repeated in the Hellenistic era, such as the Venus de Milo is a prelude to his fully naked c. 350 BC Cnidian Aphrodite.
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