"beautiful as some Praxitelean creation"
Venus Braschi, a Roman copy of one of Praxiteles' sculptures
Public DomainVenus Braschi, a Roman copy of one of Praxiteles' sculptures
Praxiteles was an Ancient Greek sculptor working in the fourth century BC. He was the first artist to sculpt life-size female nudes. His style was so revolutionary and influential that it is often referred to as Praxitelean. It is characterised by flexible lines in the poses, so that the figures look as though they are lounging or leaning, as well as the use of fabric and plants as supports.