Aphrodite known as Venus Genetrix is one of the masterpieces of the antique sculpture department of the Louvre Museum. The original sculpture in the form of a ronde-bosse made of Parian marble is itself a Roman copy of a bronze by Callimachus (an Athenian sculptor of the late 5th century AD).
In 46 BC, Julius Caesar commissioned a replica of it from the sculptor Arcesias to be placed in Rome in the temple of the Venus Genitrix (from the Latin genitrix, the mother), a goddess whose descendant he wanted to assert himself.
In the 18th century, E. Q. Visconti gave this name to this type of statuary, by comparison with coins bearing the effigy of the Empress Sabina (who died in 137 AD).
The neck, the left hand, the fingers of the right hand, the plinth, as well as numerous fragments of the drapery are modern restorations.
The statue was restored in 1999 thanks to the patronage of F. Marc de Lacharrière (Fimalac).
The goddess seems to come out of her bath, with one hand she brings back her garment, with the other she holds the apple of Paris. The wet drape highlights her body much more than it hides it.
The tilt of the head makes the goddess more human so she seems to lean benevolently towards the faithful. The end of the 5th century B.C. was a period of doubt for the Athenians because of the plague epidemics and the Peloponnesian War which set the Greek cities against each other.
Height: 70.07 ".
Width: 20.47 ".
Depth: 20.47 ".
Weight: 100 kg (220.4 lbs)
Material: reconstituted marble (marble dust + high density resin).
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