A Formal Analysis of the Sleeping Hermaphrodite

The Hellenistic period also fell in a time when the woman figure was being discovered and revealed in art. For years figures were covered with clothing and leaves until about the 1st century BC when women were fully exposed. The Sleeping Hermaphrodite is a direct example of these Hellenistic ideas. The figure contains many examples of Idealism, and although she is lying on her stomach, appears to be naked yet exposing her true Realism, the sexual anatomy of a male.

Although we know not what the original piece was made of, most sculptures of this time were carved from marble, so one can assume that Hermaphrodite was as well. Yet the copy at the National Museum in Rome shows to be made of plaster, and the piece located at the Louvre in Paris is a Roman copy after the original made of marble in the 2nd century BC. The 169 cm woman in Rome seems to be in pretty good condition, yet she is missing the bottom portion of her left leg and from images, she doesn't appear to have been restored in any way. The woman at the Louvre, however is in fabulous condition, with no portions missing, and the marbl



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