Greek terracotta sculpture representing “Venus”, Tanagra style, 4th century B.C.

Female figure representing Venus, an important goddess related mainly to love, beauty and fertility. She appears totally naked. The head is slightly inclined forward, the hair is combed in loose tufts towards the back of the head and there it is collected in a bun. The arms today lost, but you can sense that the left arm was attached to the body while the right was separated from it. The artist has detailed the folds of the abdomen and navel. At the end of the 4th century B.C. a style of clay modelling was developed called the "Tanagra style" because it emerged in the city of the same name. In these figures the classic composition of the body disappears. One leg is placed slightly towards the side, backwards or forwards. The arms no longer hang rigidly next to the body, as in archaic or classical times, but lie on the belly, chest or back or rest on the hip. They rarely carry other attributes and instead carry arms and hands wrapped in the controller, which can also cover the head and even almost completely hide the face.


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