Christine Mitchell Havelock's book takes a much-needed new look at some of the most famous icons of Western art: the nude statues that the Greeks produced to represent Aphrodite, especially The Aphrodite of Knidos, by master sculptor Praxiteles. Through careful analysis of the meaningof the pose of the Aphrodite of Knidos, the significance of her nudity; her architectural setting; and a survey of the statue's reception and interpretation in Greek, Roman, and modern times, Havelock offers an entirely new perspective on this major work of art.
Cover image: Aphrodite from Rhodes, Rhodes Museum. (Photo Hirmer Fotoarchiv 562.0720.)
1. The Aphrodite of Knidos 9
2. Praxiteles' Place in the History of Greek Art 39
3. The Late Hellenistic Period: The Rediscovery of the Knidia 55
4. Aftermath: Works Inspired by the Knidia 69
5. Aphrodite in Context 103
Works Cited 145