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Aphrodite of Arles

This is possibly a Roman copy of a Greek prototype. It has been suggested however, that it is an original creation of the first century BCE from Athens, influenced by Praxiteles.

In the original in Paris she holds an apple in her right hand and a mirror in her left, a reference to the judgement of Paris myth. However the arms are restorations

Number: 
234
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Paris, Louvre 439

Size: 
1.94m
Accession: 

Purchased in 1884 from the Louvre, Paris

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 237 (n.2), pl. 83.2
Rizzo: Prassitele , 24
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 107, no.559
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), 267, fig.685
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 894, no.498
Ridgway: American Journal of Archaeology 80.2 (Spring 1976), 147

Date: 
Roman. Original: mid C4 BCE
Sculptor: 
Of original: School of Praxiteles
Provenance: 

Discovered broken into three parts in 1651 at Arles in southern France

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