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Aphrodite - the goddess of beauty and love is depicted nude, wit hydria next to her, as she prepares for a ritual bath that restores her purity. With the left hand, she modestly shields her groin. This representation of the goddess is known as Aphrodite of Cnidus and it was introduced by the famous Athenian sculptor Praxiteles c. 350 BC. The monumental statue was the first nude representation of Aphrodite and it is believed that depicts the ideal female beauty. It is also believed that Praxiteles used as a model for the statue the beautiful courtesan Phryne, to whom he was in loved. The small clay copies of Aphrodite of Cnidus are very popular during the Hellenistic and early Roman times.



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