Lawrence Chaplin/Afrodite. 48"X32" Oil on Masonite, $3500

Aphrodite, the Grecian goddess of conjugal love and beauty and one of the oldest deities in the Olympian pantheon. The island of Paphos on south western Cyprus was one of the prime centres of her worship and of pre-Hellenic fertility cults; in fact the ancient Greeks believed that the goddess stepped on to the shores of Paphos soon after she emerged from the sea. Aphrodite has captured the imagination of artists and poets throughout the ages and was essentially associated with fertility and regeneration, rather than the spiritual aspect of love. With eros rather than agape.