Aphrodite or the Venus de Milo

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The Venus de Milo occupies a central place in the history of Greek and ancient sculpture. It is indeed an original Greek masterpiece, dated around 100 BC. The style, sometimes referred to as retrospective, is characteristic of the late Hellenistic period, which blends classical and innovative themes. The sculptor was undoubtedly influenced by classical Greek art.

The Venus de Milo is part of the tradition of the theme created two centuries ago by the sculptor Praxitèle.

If the expression of the face remains classic, a little severe. The whole body, on the other hand, is animated by a twisting motion, it fits into all the dimensions of space. The silhouette in motion, its swirling attitude and the realistic accents of its shape bring out the genius of the sculptor of this ancient masterpiece.

Small model
Height: 16 cm. 
Length: 5,5 cm.
Depth: 5,5 cm.
Weight: 0,2 kg.
Medium model
Height: 30 cm. 
Length: 10 cm.
Depth: 9,5 cm.
Weight: 1 kg.
Large model
Height: 50 cm. 
Length: 15 cm.
Depth: 14 cm.
Weight: 4,3 kg.
Very large model
Height: 85 cm. 
Length: 28 cm.
Depth: 26 cm.
Weight: 25 kg.

Origin: Isle of Samothrace, Sanctuary of Cabires traces, Champoiseau excavations 1863.
Period: Early 2nd century BC, Rhodian Art, Hellenistic period
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum
Material: Resin
Editor: rmngp

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It is on the island of Melos (milo), south-west of the Cyclades, that the statue was discovered in 1820 by a peasant, not far from the ruins of an ancient theatre.
Olivier Voutier, a marine pupil whose ship was then calling at the island, noticed the statue and reported it to the French authorities. Louis Brest, consular agent, and Dumont d' Urville, a member of the ship, also testified to this exceptional discovery with the Marquis de Rivière, ambassador of France to Constantinople, seat of the government of the Ottoman Empire, on which Greece depended at the time.

Thus, after difficult and eventful negotiations, the statue was bought, along with other fragments of marble, through the Count of Marcellus for the benefit of the Marquis de Rivière. It was offered on March 1,1821 to Louis XVIII, who immediately donated it to the Louvre.

As soon as it was discovered, the Venus de Milo was unanimously celebrated. His arrival in France, a true event at the time, was consecrated by the striking of a commemorative medal. And this pious admiration was never going to have an eclipse. It owes to this veneration the fact of never having been completed, as it was the custom in the 19th century for the ancient statues that were presented in their entirety.

The numerous casts presented here and there in the European capitals testified to the enthusiasm aroused by the one that the German romantic poet Henri Heine (1797-1856) called "Notre-Dame de la Beauté". The sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) praised his "splendid belly, wide as the sea". The poet Leconte de Liste (1818-1894) described it as follows:"Pure as lightning and as harmony, O Venus, O beauty, white mother of the gods".

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Aphrodite or the Venus de Milo

The Venus de Milo occupies a central place in the history of Greek and ancient sculpture. It is indeed an original Greek masterpiece, dated around 100 BC. The style, sometimes referred to as retrospective, is characteristic of the late Hellenistic period, which blends classical and innovative themes. The sculptor was undoubtedly influenced by classical Greek art.

The Venus de Milo is part of the tradition of the theme created two centuries ago by the sculptor Praxitèle.

If the expression of the face remains classic, a little severe. The whole body, on the other hand, is animated by a twisting motion, it fits into all the dimensions of space. The silhouette in motion, its swirling attitude and the realistic accents of its shape bring out the genius of the sculptor of this ancient masterpiece.

Small model
Height: 16 cm. 
Length: 5,5 cm.
Depth: 5,5 cm.
Weight: 0,2 kg.
Medium model
Height: 30 cm. 
Length: 10 cm.
Depth: 9,5 cm.
Weight: 1 kg.
Large model
Height: 50 cm. 
Length: 15 cm.
Depth: 14 cm.
Weight: 4,3 kg.
Very large model
Height: 85 cm. 
Length: 28 cm.
Depth: 26 cm.
Weight: 25 kg.

Origin: Isle of Samothrace, Sanctuary of Cabires traces, Champoiseau excavations 1863.
Period: Early 2nd century BC, Rhodian Art, Hellenistic period
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum
Material: Resin
Editor: rmngp

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