The ancient Greeks did not require perfection of their pictures of heroes, only greatness.

Donald Kuspit, There is no artist who has ever done anything entirely original, contemporary art is all built on what came before.

ancient Greek ideal of beauty

Aphrodite, Eros and Pan

"Hellenistic panic at the museum" : For the ancient Greeks, portraits of actual people were clothed (representations of gods and goddesses were much less clothed). The statues were originally painted to make them more life-like.

Copy of an original ... c. 100 BC, Delos, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece

Art styles left for dead by one generation are often revived by subsequent ones.

Do it for Aphrodite: She was a sort of movie celebrity, a living myth among the greek goddesses. We don't know what did aphrodite look like with clothes on, because clothed statues are for mortal human beings, not for Greek Goddesses.

Art is never quick route to perfection and Platonic truth.

ancient Greek ideal of beauty

Idea and ideal of beauty, the ancient Greek myths are in our blood.

Modeling Aphrodite with natural born instincts.

Idea and ideal of beauty

Your brain creates imaginary monsters when ducks look at the mirror for too long.

Why do we like the Greek nymphs and satyrs so much? Greek god Pan looked like a whimsical country devil, art does not imitate the visible. Your brain gets bored and finds ways to scare you.

Idea and ideal of beauty, the ancient Greek myths are in our blood.

wood aphrodite

Geometry of art and life

A work of art that raises no questions is not a real work of art. Edmond Gonfalon was in love with artistic innovation.

what would aphrodite look like?

Aphrodite, between naturalism and realism, Venus for all the Roman visitors.