Art: Venus

Last week the Ferargil Galleries offered for sale a statuet of Venus which has been kept obscure for many years in the gallery of a Manhattan collector. It is the work, experts say, of Praxiteles*—a figure twelve inches high representing the goddess rising from a broken wave. The arms, beautifully modeled, are intact; the legs are gone below the thighs; the lovely, epicene face is turned toward the shoulder. Was Phryne the model? Was the pose inspired by the famous painting by Appeles? All that is known is that a peasant dug it...

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