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This fragment is based on a lost life-size prototype dating from the fourth century BC by the great Greek master Praxiteles. The original was acclaimed by the Roman author Pliny as the finest sculpture 'not only by Praxiteles but in the whole world'. It represented Venus, the goddess of love and beauty (her Greek equivalent was Aphrodite). Classical sculptures were excavated in great numbers from the early sixteenth century and were a huge influence on artists and sculptors. This was a relatively expensive purchase in 1940.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

AD 1st C

Medium

marble

Measurements

H 58.4 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

40.9

Acquisition method

purchased at Sotheby's, 1940

Work type

Sculpture


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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