Aphrodite of Knidos, Museum of Modern Art
The most renowned of these Greek goddesses was the marble Aphrodite of Knidos
Created in the fourth century BCE by the sculptor Praxiteles
Believed to be the first major work to depict the goddess in the nude




Replica of Aphrodite of Knidos in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)


Venus de Milo
An ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture.
Created at some time between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) the Greek goddess of love and beauty
Currently housed at the Louvre (France)
Sculptor: unknown; believed to be Alexandros of Antioch


Below is a replica at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The Venus Kallipygos or Aphrodite Kallipygos

National Archaeological Museum, Naples

The statue dates to the late 1st century BC.

The lost original on which it is based is thought to have been bronze, and to have been executed around 300 BC, towards the beginning of the Hellenistic era.

Its provenance is unknown, but it was rediscovered, missing its head, in the early modern era.



Michelangelo's "DAVID", 1504
Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

17 feet tall, Marble



Replica of Michelangelo's David at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts




Michelangelo's "Pieta"
The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
Accomplished at 23 years of age


Another accomplishment of Michelangelo is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Finished around the age of 35 (took 5 years to complete)



Below are more images of the cast hall at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia)















Below are contemporary examples of appropriation using famous works of art.









Notice concepts used from 3-D design projects (repetition and mirror)
Artist: Alejandro Almanza Pereda




A modern appropriation of the Venus de Milo, Artist unknown.







Bert Rodriguez




Daniel Silver, Untitled Woman.



Leonardo Di Vinci's Mona lisa (1503-1519) is appropriated by Marcel Duchamp in 1917

Notice the moustache




Rachel lachowicz (made with lipstick) possible social commentary on male/ female perception