Venus, the goddess of love, is shown naked, undressing for her bath. This Roman statuette copies on a smaller scale one of the most famous Greek statues ever made. In 350 B.C. the Greek sculptor, Praxiteles, carved a cult statue of the goddess Aphrodite. This was the first full-scale female nude in Greek art. His statue captured the interest of writers and artists. Unfortunately, this particular statue did not survive, but the concept of the statue did. The idea of the goddess caught in a private moment follows a tradition in Hellenistic art. Roman writers such as Pliny did not hesitate to point out the overtly sexual reaction that Praxiteles' statue produced in viewers.