About this artwork
This type of female torso—which depicts Venus (the Greek Aphrodite) wearing a sheer, revealing garment—was frequently used in the Roman world to represent the goddess in her role as genetrix, or mother. The statue type, which is likely based on an earlier Greek bronze statue of Aphrodite created by the sculptor Kallimachos, became popular after Julius Caesar, who claimed the goddess as his ancestress, dedicated a version of this statue in a temple to Venus Genetrix. This statue type was also used in portraits of Roman empresses, who, in producing future emperors, likened themselves to Venus as mothers of the imperial line.
- Ancient Roman
- Fragment of a Statue of Venus
- 1 CE–200 CE
- 68 × 33 × 20 cm (26 3/4 × 13 × 7 7/8 in.)
- Museum Purchase Fund