"The statue of Aphrodite, which was found at the beginning of this century on the Island of Melos, presents to us an Ideal of this goddess. . . . One can easily conceive that the age, which had brought to ripeness in a surprisingly short time the artistic ideal of Zeus, of Athena, of Here, and of Poseidon, could not be exactly in a position to incarnate a presentment of the Deities wholly opposite to these in idea. . . . Mythological ideas, more than all others, need time for their development. The Aphrodite of Melos is a peculiar illustration of this fact. Indeed, the thought forces itself upon us, that we must place this in a different category from all other known statues of Aphrodite. . . . This proceeds not only from the disposal of the drapery, from the pose and the motion, but from every single sweep of the noble outline. Over all we see the glory of feminine culture brought to a fragrant fulness which announces the perfect flower. Every spark of self is extinguished, and she gives herself to the ether, into which she yearningly gazes. This moment of life's May is so rich, . . . the whole future so announces itself that there were neither need of any farther revelation, nor that we should have to wait for the ripening of the fruit in order to possess the true and complete Avatar."--De Braun's "Kunst Mythologie." [P. 15; exhibited under heading: "Casts in Plaster."]
After original at Paris.
Price twenty-five cents. Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. 1874. Catalogue of Works of Art on Exhibition at the Gallery of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Young Men's Association Buildings, Buffalo, N.Y. Academy Instituted November 11, 1862. Incorporated December 4, 1862. Gallery opened December 23, 1862. Buffalo: Warren, Johnson & Co., Printers, Office of the Daily Courier, 197 Main Street. 1874.