Collective exhibition. National museum of Fine arts (Building of Universal Art), San Rafael street between Monserrate and Zulueta, Old Havana. November 2017-January 2018

"Only Paris, Anquises and Adonis have seen me naked. When then did Praxiteles see me naked?"
Epigram, Palatine Anthology, XVI 168

Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology. Aphrodite is heir to ancient Eastern cults where she was worshipped, as in Greece, in temples near the sea, rivers and water sources, so her origin goes back and intertwines with the Babylonian Ishtar, the Phoenician Astarte and the Egyptian Isis. Privileged by Olympus for its extraordinary beauty and seductive power, called Turan by the Etruscans and Venus by the Romans, Aphrodite is one of the most known and admired divinities of the Greek pantheon. […]

The Conde de Lagunillas Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts has a diverse range of important representations of the best known interpretations of the goddess Aphrodite, -of excellent workmanship and degree of conservation-, in small and medium format sculptures in marble, as well as attic ceramics of different periods, techniques, forms and uses, as well as terracottas and high quality bronzes.

Numerous iconographic examples alluding to the theme of love and the attractive kingdom of the beauty of Olympus, have allowed us to create a varied and harmonious display of our exponents, which constitute a true gift for our sensibility, because they symbolize the purest ideals of Greek art of Antiquity. For this reason, we present them, for the first time, in a mythological, artistic and historical context, which shows in a pleasant and didactic way, the relevance of the original praxitelic creation and its transcendence in the subsequent sculptural development of the female nude.

by: Maria Castro and Aymée Chicuri