12 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 185,000
Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The voluptuous goddess depicted nude, standing with her weight on her right leg, the left leg slightly advanced, her upper torso subtly angled forward, her right arm once lowered with the hand covering the pudenda, adorned with an armband on her left bicep, the remains of her fingers and a partially-preserved strut on her thighs
24 ½ in. (62.2 cm.) high
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The position of the arms of the Venus presented here suggests she is a version of the Praxiteles statue of Aphrodite of Knidos. She closely recalls the "Colonna" type, depicted nude, who leans on her himation which drapes over a hydria. See fig. 9 in C. Kondoleon et al., Aphrodite and the Gods of Love.
with Willy A. d'Huysser, Brussels.
Private Collection, Brussels, acquired from the above, prior to 1977; thence by descent to the current owner.
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