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Venus of Arles Aphrodite statue 80" Lifesize Museum Replica

Made of fiberstone

Finish: Antique Stone

Dimensions: 38" x 20" x 80 (97cm x 51cm x 203cm)

Item No. F133

Louvre Museum, Paris

Period: Roman Imperial (1st-4th century A.D.)

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Venus of Arles Aphrodite statue 80" Lifesize Museum Replica
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The Venus of Arles is a 1.94m high sculpture of Venus at the Musée du Louvre. It is in Hymettus marble and dates to the end of the first century BC. It may be a copy of the Aphrodite of Thespiae by Praxiteles, ordered by the courtesan Phryne. In the second century AD, Pausanias mentioned the existence at Thespiae in Boeotia (central Greece) of a group made up of Cupid, Phryne and Aphrodite. The Praxitelean style may be detected in the head's resemblance to that of the Cnidian Aphrodite, a work of Praxiteles known through copies. In a tentative attempt to reconstruct his career, the original Aphrodite of Thespiae would be a work from his youth (in the 360s BC), if we choose to believe that this partially-draped female (frequently repeated in the Hellenistic era - the Venus de Milo, for example - is a prelude to the fully-naked nude that was his c. 350 BC Cnidian Aphrodite. The Venus of Arles was discovered in several pieces at the Roman theatre at Arles. The sculptural program at Arles was executed in Italy, perhaps by Greek artisans. Venus was the divine ancestor of the gens Julia; Arles, which had backed Caesar when Massilia backed Pompey was rewarded in numerous ways. A semi-nude heroic statue of Augustus was the dominating figure in the sculptural program of the Arles theatre. The Venus was found in 1651, by workmen who were digging a well. The head appeared first, at a depth of six feet, which spurred further excavations. Later, after it had been given in 1681 to Louis XIV to decorate the Galerie des Glaces of Versailles, further excavations were made in the area of the theatre's scenae frons, but no further fragments were found. The statue was seized from the royal collection at the Revolution and has been at the Musée du Louvre[6] ever since its inception, though it is not currently on display.

Specification

Made of fiberstone. Fiberstone is a mixture of sand and stones cast into the surface using terrazzo-like techniques. The surface is then sandblasted and chemically treated, and then hand painted with an antique acid stain to give the appearance of aged stone. Since it is reinforced with a fiberglass backing, it remains less fragile and lighter alternative to concrete and cast stone. By mastering the art of casting our products in fiberglass we manage to retain all the detail or the original with the added benefits of less weight, greater strength, and product suitability for both indoor and outdoor use. The advantages of fiberstone and fiberglass when compared to concrete, cast stone, and cement are that they are about half the weight, are far less fragile, and much more resistant. Also, Fiberstone sculptures and architectural elements are weather resistant and can be safely displayed both indoor and outdoor in your garden, when coated with your choice of one of our outside grade color finishes.

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Since this is a made-to-order item, it is returnable within 7 days of the receipt date for money back guarantee (minus shipping charges and 10% restocking fee), provided it is returned undamaged in original condition and packaging.

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