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Air-Goddess

Unknown artist-0397

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen V, Denmark

In the static marble sculpture the garment conveys movement such as running and floating by rendering the fabric as clinging to the body. A young woman in a thin transparent garment comes floating towards the viewer. The floating motif is emphasized by the forward tilt of the body. The statue was made for a high placement. The figure must have stood on the apex of a Greek temple pediment. Most of the Classical marble sculptures preserved were elements of architectural ornamentation. The sculptor probably enjoyed emphasising the sensual feminine body which is more voluptuous than is usual in Greek classical sculpture.

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