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Torso of Aphrodite of Knidos

This torso is Roman copy of the fourth century BCE original. It shows the distinctive Praxitelean S-shaped curve of the spine.

The original of this cast was owned by the French neoclassical artist Ingres. In 1841 he was appointed director of the Villa Medici in Rome, so instead of taking the sculpture with him he gave it to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris

Parian marble
Location of Original: 

Paris, Ecole des Beaux Arts 7763


Purchased in 1884 from the Paris Beaux Arts (?)


Reinach: Repertoire de la Statuaire Grècque et Romaine II, 366, no.2
Blinkenberg: Knidia, 164, no.IV 1
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 75, no.359 (?)

Roman. Original: mid C4 BCE
Of original: Praxiteles

Unknown. Formerly in the possession of the artist Ingres

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