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Aphrodite of Knidos The boldest undertaking by the sculptor Praxiteles c 350-340bc is Aphrodite of Knidos as opposed to Apollo Saraktonos It was original and daring breaking free from the traditional Polykleitan model Aphrodite of Knidos in the nude is incredibly sensual and erotic Praxiteles captures Aphrodite in a private moment just before bath and her expressional face shows her reaction to being caught The statue is fresh a new and sexy style that inspires and influences many Praxiteles is bold by using a nude female as a religious icon and giving it pathos instead of the typical ethos The statues of Praxiteles age and before were of the Polykeitan model a traditional contapposto figure of a nude male athlete Praxiteles shocking nude Aphrodite of Knidos changes the art from Doryphoros canon structured model to a relaxed feminine one A nude Aphrodite was a bold move as she was the first female nude in religious art He humanizes the goddess and she is seen completely naked and intruded upon Aphrodite looks dreamy with her dewy eyes that gaze out to see who has walked in on her naked Her eyes gazes softly out looking out in a distance The expression is radiant instead of shock or horror like any normal person would be if walked in on but it is tender and almost vulnerable It is because she is so beautiful that she is not too ashamed of her naked body She does show some modesty because her hand tries but barely covers her genitals By doing so it has an opposite effect to the eyes drawing them to the area It makes the viewer look at what she is hiding and the eyes follow up at her round voluptuous body Her fat is sexy and feminine and soft She has a sensuousness and eroticism that would make her any heterosexual males fantasy Praxiteles focuses on the erotic impulse of a heterosexual male
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