Roman Mosaic: Courtship of Ares and Aphrodite

 

Roman Mosaic: Courtship of Ares and Aphrodite

A large ancient Roman mosaic depicting the courtship of Ares and Aphrodite. Ares sits in the center wearing a crested helmet, he has been disarmed of his sword by two erotes that fly above. Aphrodite is to the left holding her scepter. To the right stands Euperpia, the personification of beauty.

Ca. 3rd century AD.
Dimensions: 86 1/2 x 91 in. (220 x 231 cm).

Formerly in the M. Farid Ziadeh collection, Lebanon, by 1983; subsequently in a European private collection, 1990's, New York private collection, 2004.

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