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Aphrodite of Knidos

The Aphrodite of Knidos is credited with being the first life-size female nude. Such was her novelty that the city of Kos on Crete is supposed to have rejected her in favour of a clothed version. The Knidians in Asia Minor were more daring and installed her in a round temple (tholos), where she became something of a celebrity.

By the fifth century CE the statue was said to be in the royal collection in Constantinople, along with the cult statue of Zeus from Olympia. Unfortunately, the palace went up in flames. This version is one of several from Rome

Location of Original: 

Munich Glyptothek 258


Purchased in 1884 from Geiler of Munich


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 239 (n.3), pl. 83.3 (for reconstruction)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 76, no.363
Picard: Archéologie Grècque; Sculpture III (1948), 572, fig.236
Furtwängler: Catalogue of the Munich Museum, 266-
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 893, no.300

C1 BCE Roman. Original: mid C4 BCE
Of original: Praxiteles

Found near the ancient Roman harbour of Portus (modern Fiumicino)

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