As I was reading through the chapters of my art book, there were two pieces of art that caught my eye: the statue of "Nefertiti" and the statue "Aphrodite of Melos." After researching both artworks, I realized that these statues are similar and different in many aspects.
Nefertiti is regarded as one of the most influential women of her time. Her and her husband Ahmenhotep IV, ruled between 1352-1348 BCE, during the New Kingdom. After there rule of Akhetaten (Ancient Egypt) was over, a famous artist Thutmose decided to sculpt the beautiful Nefertiti. He worked on this piece of artwork for many years and finished between, c . 1348-1336/5 BCE. The statue was sculpted out of limestone and is being held in Berlin, Germany.
Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, and marriage. Its no surprise to see many pieces of art of Aphrodite but, one of the most famous pieces is the, "Aphrodite of Melos" or "Venus de Milo." The unknown artist chisled this statue out of marble and finished around c. 150 BCE. This is one of the most recognizable works of art from the Hellenistic period (Ancient Greece). There are many theories of what the finished version of Aphrodite might look. Some archeologists think S-curve of her body was positioned for holding a shield. But most figure she was holding an apple You are able to see this statue everyday at the Musee de Louvre in Paris, France.
There are two main similarities for these statues, they are very symbolic of the beauty at that time. For example Nefertiti, with her graceful elongated neck balancing the tall, flat-top crown which adorns her sleek head. The vibrant colors of the her necklace and crown contrast the yellow-brown of her smooth skin. While everything is sculpted to perfection, the one flaw of the piece is a broken left ear and her left eye was remained unfinished. The statue of Aphrodite is also flawed. A fragment of a forearm and hand with an apple...
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