RUINS

Aphrodite of Knidos

Marble statue of Aphrodite of Knidos
Originally by the artist Praxiteles, Aphrodite of Knidos was the first life-size depiction of the nude female in Greek art. It is well known for it's dual interpretation; the goddess can be viewed as reaching for her bath towel to cover up, or discarding her bath towel. Likewise, as covering her genitals, or gesturing toward them. The statue became a popular tourist attraction, compelling many Romans to make copies such as this one. The original, unfortunately, did not survive. It's legacy lives on in many future depictions of the female nude which explore tensions between sexuality and modesty.
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