The sculptor Praxiteles had a bit more luck than Apelles: he also modeled his most celebrated sculpture of Aphrodite after Phryne, but a copy of that sculpture has survived to this day.
It is one of the first life-sized female nudes in history.
The goddess of love emerged from the waters on a scallop shell, fully-grown, nude, and more beautiful than anything anyone had ever seen before or since.
Aphrodite was so lovely that only the three virgin goddesses – Artemis, Athena, and Hestia – were immune to her charms and power.
Beautiful and enchanting, she was frequently depicted nude, as a symmetrically perfect maiden, infinitely desirable and as infinitely out of reach.
She was sometimes represented alongside Eros and with some of her major attributes and symbols: a magical girdle and a shell, a dove or a sparrow, roses, and myrtles.Portrayed as both insatiable and unattainable, Aphrodite was born near the coast of Cythera out of the foam () Uranus' castrated genitals created when they fell into the sea.Even though married to Hephaestus, she had affairs with all Olympians except Zeus and Hades, most famously with Ares, the god of war.This happened when he was tasked with judging who of the three goddesses – Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena – was the fairest.Aphrodite promised Paris the most beautiful girl in the world if he chose her, so, naturally, he did.Aphrodite is the Olympian goddess of love, beauty, sexual pleasure, and fertility.She is regularly attended by few of her children, the Erotes, who are capable of stirring up passion in both mortals and gods at the goddess’ will.Only afterward she revealed herself, promising him a noble son and warning him to keep the affair to himself.Anchises wasn’t able to, so he was struck by Zeus’ thunderbolt which blinded him.Helios, however, saw them and informed Hephaestus, after which the cuckolded god made sure to devise a fine bronze net, which ensnared the couple the next time they lay together in bed.To add insult to injury, Hephaestus called upon all the other gods to laugh at the adulterers and freed them only after Poseidon agreed to pay for their release. He couldn’t have known that when Poseidon saw Aphrodite naked, he fell in love with her all over again.