A boy – could he have been 7? – called by his adult to look at Aphrodite, walked straight past her to a vitrine full of small Hellenistic masterpieces.
Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising), marble, late 2nd century BC; thought to be from Rhodes.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
There, hands in his pockets, his feet positioned in the manner of a ballet dancer, poised, he studied the figurines.
Aphrodite, pensive, inclines her head towards the boy and thinks: ‘What race of people is this?’
The boy is one of the lucky ones, of course, to be so comfortable in a museum. And this musuem full of wonders.