Venus de Milo (130-120 BC) by Alexandros of Antioch

Venus de Milo - GREEK - 130-120 BC - 3

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TitleVenus de Milo
ArtistAlexandros of Antioch
Datec.130 - c.110 BC
Dimensions2.02 m
Art MovementHellenistic
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris
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About Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo is one of the most iconic works of Greek sculpture. This nearly-nude, larger-than-life female figure was crafted in the late 2nd century BCE by Alexandros of Antioch and represents the goddesses Aphrodite or Amphitrite. It’s believed that the statue was found on the Aegean island of Milos.

This classic S-curve statue is considered one of the best-preserved examples of ancient Greek art. Venus de Milo showcases physical beauty in its purest form, with curves and lines that seem to defy time. Excavators found her missing arms near her original location, but they weren’t rejoined to her body at that time for fear it would damage it. The missing arms only add to its enduring mystery and allure.

The statue occupies a significant place in Western art history as an embodiment of female beauty and grace. Visitors from all over the world flock to see it at its permanent home, The Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Despite being created more than 2,000 years ago, Venus de Milo continues to inspire awe among art lovers both young and old with its timeless elegance and unbridled charm.

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