Venus de Milo Statue by Alexandros of Antioch

Venus de Milo Statue by Alexandros of Antioch
Venus de Milo Statue by Alexandros of Antioch

Alexandros Of Antioch

In the beginning it was attributed to sculptor Praxiteles but, based on a inscription placed on his base, it is now thought to be Alexandro of Antioch's work. The Venus de Milo is an old Greek statue, one of the most famous works of an ancient Greek sculpture.

Venus de Milo

Created between 130 and 100 BC, the sculpture is believed to represent Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Some historians, however, argue that she is the goddess of the sea, Amphitrite, venerated by Milos.

When I visited the Louver I was surprised that the marble statue, slightly larger than the life size at a height of 203 cm (6ft 8 in). And something I did not know was after the discovery of the statue, part of the arm and the original plinth were lost.

As most of us know now it is currently on permanent display at the Louver Museum in Paris. The statue was named after the Roman name of Aphrodite, Venus, and the Greek island of Milos, where it was found.

It is commonly believed that the Venus de Milo was found on 8 April 1820 by a peasant called Yorgos Kentrotas, inside a hidden niche in the ruins of the ancient town of Milos. Milos is the present village of Trypiti, on the island of Milos (also called Melos or Milo) in the Aegean, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire.

Sculpture influence

The sculpture has greatly influenced the masters of modern art; "Salvador DalĂ­'s Venus de Milo with the drawers" is a prime example.  And I find this to be most interesting it's formerly part of the seal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), one of the oldest organizations of plastic surgeons in the world.  And also this interesting lessor fact in February 2010, the German magazine Focus published a doctoral photo of this Venus giving Europe the middle finger, resulting in a libel suit against journalists and publishing. The Greek court found them not guilty.

References
By Shawn Lipowski (Shawnlipowski) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1031436
Venus de Milo – official page
Very cool 3D model
Hoe to sculpt Youtube 
Louvre Youtube 

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