Torso — Roman copy of the 2nd century CE, the rest — restoration of the 17th century by sculptor Ippolito Buzzi (1562—1634). Inv. No. 8619.Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo AltempsPhoto by Sergey Sosnovskiy
Torso — Roman copy of the 2nd century CE, the rest — restoration of the 17th century by sculptor Ippolito Buzzi (1562—1634).
Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo Altemps
(Roma, Museo nazionale romano, Palazzo Altemps).
The iconographic model for the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) stepping out of the bath is the image venerated in the temple dedicated to the goddess on the Greek island of Cnidos. The image of the nude female figure seeking to cover herself in a modest gesture was very popular, and was widely circulated in both Greek and Roma periods; many copies exist of the same original, which was the work of Praxiteles, a Greek sculptor of the fourth century B.C.
This copy was restored by Ippolito Buzzi, who completed a female torso with restored head, arms, and legs; on the side he placed the jug covered by a drapery held in the figure’s left hand. As a model for the head, Buzzi most propbably used a head of Aphrodite, also from the Ludovisi collection, which is mentioned in the inventories as Niobe, and is the nexy piece exhibited (inv. n. 8586).