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

Venus de Milo - Alexandros of Antioch - c.130 - c.110 BC

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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

The Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue, masterfully sculpted from marble by Alexandros of Antioch during the Hellenistic period, specifically between 130 and 110 BC. The artwork stands at approximately 2.02 meters tall and is currently housed in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. Renowned for its beauty, the sculpture is an emblematic representation of the mythological genre, despite its classification here as a “mythological painting.” The statue is one of the most celebrated examples of Greek art and continues to be admired for its aesthetic and cultural significance.

As for the description of the artwork itself, the Venus de Milo is characterized by its graceful yet robust form, capturing the idealized feminine beauty of the era. The figure is partially draped in flowing garments that cling to the lower part of the body, while the torso remains exposed, highlighting the skillful depiction of the human anatomy. Notably, the statue is missing both arms, which contributes to its mystery as scholars have long speculated about the original positioning and gestures of the now-absent limbs. The subtle turn of the subject’s head, along with the soft modelling of the flesh, imbue the sculpture with a sense of movement and life. Despite the damage and the passage of time, the Venus de Milo’s enduring allure is a testament to the ancient Greek mastery of the visual arts.

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