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Esquiline Aphrodite

Female nude adjusting her hair. Roman work derived from Greek prototypes. Rather than being a direct copy of a now-lost mid fifth century BCE Greek original, she may be the result of a bundling together of different styles, as was common at that time and place.

Within a few years of its discovery the sculpture had been used as a model, controversial for its nudity, in a couple of eminent Victorian paintings. The best known of these is A Sculptor’s Model by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who coincidentally was present at the opening ceremony of this cast collection, in 1884

Location of Original: 

Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori 37


Purchased 1885-6 from Brucciani


Rhys Carpenter: Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome XVIII (1941), 30-, pls. 13 & 14
Stuart-Jones: Catalogue of the Conservatori Palace (1926), 150-, pl. 54
Brunn-Bruckmann: Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, 305
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 110, no.580
Richter: Ancient Italy, 49

C1 BCE (?)
School of Pasiteles (?)

Found in 1874 on the Esquiline Hill, Rome

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