San Antonio Museum or Art

Aphrodite in Pompeii by Jessica Powers, The Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

Lectures


Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Auditorium

Price: Free. Reception to follow.

Head of Aphrodite (The Bartlett Head)

Greek, made in Athens, about 330 BC

Marble

H. 11 5/6 in. (28.8 cm), w. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm), d. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900, 03.743

 

Aphrodite or Venus appears more frequently in Pompeii than any other divinity.  Powers discusses evidence for both public and private devotion to this goddess, including the wall paintings, silver cup and statues from Pompeii on loan to Aphrodite and the Gods of Love from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.