Aphrodite of knidos - Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos

Scholars in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries believed that the cult of Aphrodite may have involved , an assumption based on ambiguous passages in certain ancient texts, particularly a fragment of a by the Boeotian poet , which mentions prostitutes in Corinth in association with Aphrodite.

What was significant about the Aphrodite of Knidos?

How precise that line running from thigh, to leg, to foot! How well the lines of her cheeks flow, neither too skinny, showing the bones, nor so voluminous as to droop! The name Ἄδωνις Adōnis, Greek pronunciation: is derived from the word ʼadōn, meaning "lord".

In some cases, marble and bronze statuettes still include separately attached jewelry.

For further information, see Curatorial Entry, , note 11.


Pliny states that it gained Knidos prominence, and coins portraying the statue that were struck there appear to substantiate this.

Description: Later references flesh out the story with more details.

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The myrtle, beloved by the goddess, reached up its berry-laden branches no less than the other trees which so gracefully stretched out.
The issue of whether she, like the various pre-archaic, Mesopotamian or Mesopotamian-inspired Greek archaic statuettes usually cited as her heritage, points to herself as to her powers of fertility, or whether she is, in fact, covering herself before the eyes of an intruder, can never be resolved.

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    The “Aphrodite of Knidos” is the most famous of Praxiteles’ works, and perhaps one of the most famous sculptures of Classical Greece. Contemporaries such as Pliny lauded the sculpture as “superior to all works, not only of Praxiteles, but indeed in the whole world.”
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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.
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    Aphrodite of Knidos generalizes the ideals of feminine beauty of the ancient Greek culture. Touching on the themes of sexuality and modesty, Aphrodite of Knidos was the beautiful ideal to the people who had created it. To conclude, the artworks of ancient times have been extremely influential to countless cultures today.
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    The Aphrodite of Knidos in a reconstruction from plaster casts and “completed” by projected colours suggesting her former polychromy. This famous statue, created by Praxiteles around 340 BCE, was originally set up in the Aphrodite sanctuary in Knidos ( Asia Minor ). On display as part of the 2018 CE exhibition 'Naked!
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    The Aphrodite of Cnidus was one of the most famous works of the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles of Athens ( 4th century BC ). It and its copies are often referred to as the Venus Pudica (modest Venus) type, on account of her covering her groin with her right hand. Variants of the Venus Pudica (suggesting an action to cover the breasts) are.
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