Splendid and elegant. On her own integrated base.
marble Venus Aphrodite
Height: 34cm Width: 22cm Depth: 13cm
Aphrodite was the stunningly beautiful goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. The Romans named her Venus.
This lovely bust is inspired by Thorvaldsen's marble statue of Venus and the Apple, currently on display in the Louvre. The original statue dates to ca 1805.
Aphrodite was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, and was married to Hephaistos, the lame hunchback god of fire, metalwork, and craftsmanship.
Homer tells us in the Odyssey that Hephaistos trapped his errant wife whilst she was in bed with Ares, the god of War. A delicate gossamer thin veil, which Hephaistos had crafted, gently descended onto the amorous couple, trapping Aphrodite in her infidelity, and causing much mirth and hilarity for the onlooking audience of gods and goddesses!
It was the fact that Aphrodite was chosen by Paris, prince of Troy, that triggered the Trojan War. A Golden Apple, which bore the label 'For the most beautiful', had caused a bit of a stir and a squabble at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis... Three goddesses demanded the title, and promised the prince a special reward. Paris chose Aphrodite over Athena and Hera, because she had offered him the most beautiful woman in the world. This was of course Helen, wife of King Menelaos of Sparta. Paris abducted her, the Greeks retaliated with their 'thousand ships', and the Trojan War was the consequence.
This collection is made in the UK in cast Carrara marble. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome and was a favourite of Michelangelo.
The sculptures are created using a process of dry casting, so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble. They glisten!