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More to Aphrodite than meets the eye

Exhibit explores sexual power

By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / October 30, 2011

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“Aphrodite and the Gods of Love’’ at the Museum of Fine Arts is a very beautiful, very smart, very orderly show that is also a kind of hymn to the Greeks’ apprehension of the power of promiscuity. The show is billed as the first museum show devoted to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who was known to the Romans as Venus. Its pairing with the MFA’s concurrent “Degas and the Nude’’ exhibition is a rare instance of programming genius.

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APHRODITE AND THE GODS OF LOVE At: Museum of Fine Arts. Through Feb. 20. 617-267-9300,