Torso of Venus by an unknown creator, at the Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany

In this episode, we’ll be taking a closer look ‘Torso of Venus’ by an unknown creator, at the Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. As always, I take all the photos and videos myself on location, ensuring you get an up-close and personal view of the fascinating world of art and culture. I’ll be popping in and out with commentary as this video progresses but for now let’s take a close up look.

The marble is a Roman copy from the 2nd century AD and was acquired in Florence, Italy in 1842. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and desire, is analogous to the Roman goddess Venus. According to myth, she emerged from the sea foam, embodying grace and allure. Aphrodite symbolizes romantic love, with several notable liaisons such as her affair Adonis. Her influence extends to mortal affairs, shaping tales of enchanting unions and tumultuous relationships. Temples and cults dedicated to Aphrodite were widespread, reflecting enduring fascination with this goddess who encapsulates the timeless essence of love and beauty.

The Altes Museum, with its neoclassical architecture is located on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany. Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural hub that houses several significant museums, including the Altes Museum. The island on the Spree River is known for its concentration of world-class museums, each showcasing unique collections of art and artefacts.

The Altes Museum was originally inaugurated in 1830 to house the royal art collections. Inside, visitors encounter a treasure trove of antiquities, showcasing Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art. The Altes Museum is particularly renowned for its classical sculptures, vases, and architectural artefacts, offering a captivating journey through ancient civilizations and I highly recommended that you go!

By Anthony King