Friday, June 01, 2007

The Aphrodite of Kyrene

Aphrodite of Kyrene

The carving of this Roman copy based on the Knidia is especially fine. It is also a good piece by which to appreciate again the lines of the female contrapposto.

The missing head and arms do nothing, for my part, to reduce the human agency present in this piece. As with the Aphrodite of Vienne, the fragmentary nature serves to focus our attention on the delicate naturalism and refined sensuality of marble brought as close to life as conceivable.