Ancient Greek statue of Aphrodite found off south Italian coast
A ancient Greek statuette, about 80 cm tall, was found yesterday in waters 15 metres deep off Cape San Vito, Taranto, in Southern Italy.
|The statuette of the goddess Aphrodite discovered on the seabed off Taranto|
in Southern Italy [Credit: ANSA]
Further exploration is planned in the area because the diver who found the statue claims to have also seen a vase nearby.
The statuette is inspired by a famous statue of the Hellenistic period, which subsequently was copied many times.
It portrays the goddess Aphrodite, who appears entirely nude, leaning against a pillar that is now lost, about to remove her sandal from her left foot. In her other hand she was probably holding an apple, a traditional attribute of Aphrodite, or perhaps a ball of makeup.
The artist and date of the much copied original have often been disputed: many people believe the replicas to have been inspired by a bronze sculpture made during the late third century BC by Polymachos; some speak of a work in the tradition of sculptures by Lysippos and paintings by Apelles; while others think the original was created in a workshop in Alexandria.
Source: ANSA [January 26, 2017]