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submitted by Hellenic Museums & Galleries on 27.03.2012

Head of Aphrodite

Head of Aphrodite - Head of Aphrodite (The Bartlett Head), Greek, 330-300 BC


Greek, made in Athens
Late Classical period, about 330 BC
Marble, from Paros
H. 28.8 cm, w. 18.1 cm, d. 24.8 cm
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900 03.743

Other sculptures and paintings:

Statuette of Aphrodite emerging from the sea,Greek or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Hellenistic or Imperial Period, first century BC or first century AD.

"Sleeping Hermaphrodite" Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. Marble

"Votive Relief with Aphrodite and devotees" Greek, Late Classical period, 4th century B.C.

The Judgment of Paris – Itallic, Etruscan, Hellenistic Period, late 3rd – 2nd century B.C.

Venus, of Greek mythology, is known as the goddess of love and beauty. The Roman name "Venus" is an especially familiar name to us in the modern world, both as the planet Venus—the morning and the evening star—and as a term describing beautiful women.

Originally, Venus was worshipped as the goddess of love and beauty by the ancient Greeks and Romans. At the same time, her figure was repeatedly used as the model for paintings, sculptures and artifacts as the quintessential symbol of love and beauty, serving as the motivating force behind the creation of art masterpieces. Even after the Renaissance period and to this very day, Venus continues to be a source of inspiration for art. Love and beauty, with which this goddess is entrusted, are both indispensable to our lives, and this explains why her presence has never ceased to captivate us throughout the ages. In this exhibition, 135 pieces of art from ancient times to the present, owned by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts, will take the viewers on a 5,000 year odyssey through the myths and religious faiths venerating Venus, thus revealing the true image of this goddess.

“Aphrodite and the Gods of Love” is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum. When the exhibit closes at the MFA on February 20, it will make its way to the Getty Villa in Malibu, California where it will be in view from March 28 to July 9. After that it will go to be displayed in New Mexico at the San Antonio Museum of Art from September 15, 2012 to February 17, 2013 and then at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK from March 10 to May 26, 2013.

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