Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Torso of Aphrodite
Graeco-Roman copy of a Greek original of the 3rd century BCE
Marble
H: 38.5; W: 18 cm
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.20.101
 
 
This work was inspired by Praxiteles’ renowned statue, Aphrodite of Knidus. The original and its copies are often referred to as Venus Pudica (modest Aphrodite) type, since the goddess is shown attempting to conceal her nakedness.

Publications:
Avida, Uri, Aphrodite. A Greek Goddess, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1978
Rozenberg S., Las Afroditas del Israel Museum, Goddesses, Mediterranean Female Images from Prehistoric Times to the Roman Period, Nicolau, A. and Azara, P., Barcelona, Spain

Exhibition:
Aphrodite. A Greek Goddess, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Winter 1978
Goddesses, Mediterranean Female Images from Prehistoric Times to the Roman Period, Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat, Barcelona, 2000

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir