San Antonio Museum or Art

Aphrodite in Pompeii by Jessica Powers, The Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World


Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Price: Free. Reception to follow.

Head of Aphrodite (The Bartlett Head)

Greek, made in Athens, about 330 BC


H. 11 5/6 in. (28.8 cm), w. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm), d. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900, 03.743


Aphrodite or Venus appears more frequently in Pompeii than any other divinity.  Powers discusses evidence for both public and private devotion to this goddess, including the wall paintings, silver cup and statues from Pompeii on loan to Aphrodite and the Gods of Love from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.