The Aphrodite looking into a mirror - which she held in her right hand - represents one of the most charming fantasies in the theme of nudity.
The caster who cast the object obeyed the principles of balance that regulate the weighting of bodies from Polyclète: the distinction is clear between the left leg which carries the weight and the right leg, left free. The body is rhythmed by counter-balancing effects: the cross response of the shoulder and hip inclination, the opposite direction of the right foot on the one hand and the head on the other.
In addition, the coquettish gesture of the two arms softens and lifts the silhouette: it depicts a light figure that gives the impression of living in a harmonious space of its own. The freedom with which the hair was treated and the sensuality of the work of the mouth are marks of the Hellenistic period.
But the artist did not forget the masterpieces of the IVth century classic; he shaped a body whose femininity is expressed by the softness of surfaces rather than by the abundance of volumes.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 19 cm.
Length: 7 cm.
Depth: 7 cm.
Weight: 0.6 kg.
Period: 3rd century BC, Greece.
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.