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Venus, British Museum 
30th-Mar-2012 10:39 pm


Roman, 1st or 2nd century AD. Belived to be based on an original by Praxiteles, the renowned 4th cent. BC Athenian sculptor. The arms and base were restored in the 18the century. 
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31st-Mar-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
nice picture of the statue, boy I wish she wore more clothes than just the long skirt, while holding a weapon. Thanks for the post. Keep posting more pictures.
31st-Mar-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not sure if she is meant to be holding up a torch or not.
1st-Apr-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
can she be meant to be putting on more clothes on the upper parts of the body? Her arm with the hand pose almost makes it look like as though could be holding onto something? Thanks for replying so fast. Keep up the good work.
1st-Apr-2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :) I don't know, it is a bit difficult to tell if she looking at something she is holding up. A necklace, a mirrror?
31st-Mar-2012 08:23 am (UTC)
Amazing restoration! It hardly can tell.
31st-Mar-2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I don't know how they did it. Hope you had a good holiday!
1st-Apr-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Beautiful statue.

It definitely looks like there must be something in her both hands and I am trying to figure out what based on the bend of her fingers but I can't come up with anything definite.

Do you have any ideas? Even if it's a pure speculation? :)
1st-Apr-2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know. It does look as if she is stretching something between her hands, but that would obscure her body from view. It must be something she has taken from her right hand to hold up to view in her left hand. Flowers? Fruit? Your guess is as good as mine!
1st-Apr-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
It has beautiful shinny surfaces. It the Venus of Capua, a copy of an original, probably of Lysippus and not Praxitelis. This Aphrodite was worshiped along with Mars and their temples are located in Athens and Crete.

In the original it is hypothesized that Venus held in her hand Mars's shield. The Romans however seem to have forgotten that the two gods were lovers and considered them to be husband and wife. Thus, they removed the shield which left them with the hands of Venus extending to hold nothing. So we have this absurd stance....

Still beautiful.
1st-Apr-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, although the museum plaque does say Praxiteles and not Lysippus, and judging by the facial similarlities to the Lizard Apollo, I can see why. I also don't think she can be holding a shield in her left arm - the forearm should be level to do that and the hand is too high. If she were holding a shield in her left arm her weight would also be on her left hip, not her right to hold such a heavy object above shoulder height. Sorry to disagree with you!
1st-Apr-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
In the original she is holding a shield but the hands had a totally different stance which makes sense. The current hands have been randomly placed!
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