Praxiteles, an athenian, demonstrated a total command of technique and anatomy in a series of sinuously relaxed figures that, for the first time in greek sculpture, fully exploited the sensual possibilities of carved marblehis aphrodite (several copies are known), made for the east greek. Aphrodite of cnidus the first life-size female nude roman copy of a greek original by praxiteles, made 375-335 bce late classical greek sculpture.
Ancient greek early and high classical art time period and example time period: 480-400 bce example: introduced contrapposto (weight shift) to the statues, polykleitos developed the canon of proportions and used same formula for temple design, and rebuilding of the acropolis. This curve, often called the praxitelean curve, is a hallmark of his sculpture in antiquity the most famous work by praxiteles was the marble aphrodite (venus) of knidos his openly sensuous treatment of the nude female form was a new feature in greek art and created an ideal type that endured until the end of antiquity.
Around 330 bc, a greek sculptor named praxiteles was commissioned to create a sculpture of the goddess aphrodite by the island of kos he responded, so the roman writer pliny tells us, by creating two statues: one fully clothed and another in which aphrodite was naked.
The volumes of indian sculpture and the surface anatomy of male figures in the style of the greek sculptor polyclitus are sharply defined and clearly articulated of the cnidian aphrodite by praxiteles, whose mistress she was copies of the statue survive in the vatican and elsewhere when accused of blasphemy (a capital charge), she was. Aphrodite of knidos the greeks were more used to images of naked men than women so when the sculptor praxiteles made a statue of the goddess aphrodite in the nude it was seen as a daring innovation. Praxiteles’s work tended to involve the use of many curves, smaller heads, and heavier bodies than what were previously made (classical art and the culture of greece and rome, pg 117) formerly, only men had been depicted naked, but praxiteles created the aphrodite statue, which was the first statue of a fully nude woman.
The aphrodite of knidos (or cnidus) was an ancient greek sculpture of the goddess aphrodite created by praxiteles of athens around the 4th century bce it is one of the first life-sized representations of the nude female form in greek history, displaying an alternative idea to male heroic nudity. Aphrodite of knidos statue was housed in round temple, could only be seen by peeking through, voyeur, novel in its approach to nudity for females, admired, but averts gaze, s-curve, gentle quality, god performing task of bathing, praxiteles, classical.
The most famous statue ever created of aphrodite, the greek goddess of love, was carved in the 4th century bc by the renowned athenian sculptor praxiteles, who is credited as the first artist to fashion a monumental image of aphrodite nude.