Crouching Aphrodites

Crouching Aphrodites in Palazzo Massimo in Rome

Two marble versions of the Crouching Aphrodite (Venus) are on display in the Palazzo Massimo in Rome. Both are Romen copies from the 2nd century AD of a Greek original from the mid-3rd century BC.

The Afrodite on the right is considered the artistically most accomplished one to have survived. It was made in the Hadrianic period (AD117-138).

The Afrodite on the left still shows the hand and foot of a little Eros and the body of a swan that was used to support the marble sculpture.