Τhe J. Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, LA, is hosting the first US-wide exhibition exploring the origins, myth, cult and Roman adaptation of the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
“Aphrodite and the Gods of Love” will run until July 9th and aims at demonstrating the complex identity of the goddess as it has developed over time.
Not only could she be manipulative and destructive in matters of the heart, especially together with her companion Eros, but her domain extended far beyond desire and romance.
Worshipped throughout the ancient Mediterranean, and especially in Cyprus – her most known place of birth – by men and women, young and old, Aphrodite was connected with maritime affairs, civic harmony, and even warfare.
This exhibition presents the goddess in her manifold aspects—exploring her precursors in the ancient Near East, her offspring, and her devotees—and culminates with her incorporation and adaptation in Roman religion as Venus.
It features a stunning range of objects, from large-scale sculpture to delicate jewelry, drawn from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the J. Paul Getty Museum, as well as major loans from Italian institutions.
“Aphrodite and the Gods of Love” was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Admission is free but an entry ticket is required. The exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 5pm from Wednesday to Monday.