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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The goddess depicted standing with her weight on her left leg, the right relaxed and slightly bent at the knee, a voluminous diaphanous chiton enveloping her sensuous body, revealing a slightly protruding belly, her left breast exposed, with drapery falling over the crook of her bent left arm, her right arm originally raised
    18 1/8 in. (46 cm.) high


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    This figure is a variation of the Aphrodite Frejus or Venus Genetrix type. Based on a late 5th century B.C. Greek prototype, it was further popularized in the Julio-Claudian Period, as Julius Caesar and his successors sought to identify the goddess as progenitor of their family. Claiming direct descent from the goddess and Aeneas, Caesar built a temple to Venus Genetrix in his forum in Rome in 45 B.C. For a similar example see no. 242, in A. Delivorrias, et al., "Aphrodite" in LIMC, vol II.

    Provenance

    Private Collection, New York, Boston & Texas, acquired prior to 1992; thence by descent to the current owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY