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Frank Duveneck (1848-1919)
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Goddess Aphrodite at Her Bath
The figurine depicts a female nude crouched on her toes, with her right knee to the ground. Her head is lowered and turned to the right, a position explained by the raised arms: she is perhaps about to wring out from her hair the water indicated by the wet and rippling aspect of the two tresses that frame the delicate features. Earrings hang on either side of the attractive face with its extreme finesse, and on her head is a wreath adorned with three medallions. Together with the air of grace that envelops the naked figure, these suggest that represented here is no ordinary mortal at her bath, but the ritual ablutions of Aphrodite, goddess of love.
Sculpted in the 3rd or 2nd century BC.
Probably produced at Myrina,
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