our discussion of the human body, we will return to the Late Classical Greek Aphrodite of Melos , c. 150 BC.
Anatomy: the artist represented the skull, eye sockets, nose, jawbone, collarbone,
shoulder line, abdominals, and hip line. Are these bones and muscles depicted
biologically correct? Yes, all seem accurate.
THIS IMAGE IS WAY TOO DARK, LIGHTEN UP A LITTLE.
the head is the correct size for the neck and shoulders, the nose is of
proper length, breasts proper in size, the length of torso is perhaps long
from shoulder to hip, and the waist is properly placed. Biologically correct?
Yes, we must take into consideration the proportional diversity among humans
around the world; the proportions of this body lies within the realm of
naturalism. Mass: hills and valleys are well done. The eyes are sunken into
the sockets, the nose stands out, the breasts have heaviness and volume, and the
belly button is sunken in. Therefore, is this body disegno esterno (copied
from an actual model in the studio) or disegno interno (an ideal
envisioned in the creative imagination of the artist)? It will depend on the
viewer's perception. One viewer may believe that the statue's anatomy,
proportion, and mass are accurate to observations of real people. Another may
look at her face (more like a mannequin's) and the S-curve of her body and
conclude that she is too good to be true. She may have been modeled on a real
person the artist knew, but then modified and beautified to reflect his
mental image of the Goddess of Love.