Aphrodite of Knidos
Lecture no. 20 from the course: 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Taught by Professor Diana K. McDonald | 26 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
The Greeks offered more than just action and warfare in their art. This lecture examines the first female nude in the tradition, a sculpture of Aphrodite, the femme fatale of Mount Olympus. Whereas Greeks would have considered it unseemly to represent a nude woman, Aphrodite was a goddess and could be portrayed as sensuous, beautiful, and alluring.