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A replica of the famous Venus de Milo statue from ancient Greece. This reproduction in bronze measures 32cm tall.
The sculpture represents the Greek goddess of love, known as Venus to the Romans and Aphrodite to the Greeks. It is a scaled down replica of the original called the 'Venus de Milo' statue, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture.
Although the expression of the face still displays a slightly cold severity referred to as classic, the body has been treated in a completely different manner. It is based on a twisting movement, with certain parts of the body turning in different directions in such a way that it can genuinely be perceived as a sculpture in the round. The moving silhouette, swirling pose and realistic contours clearly illustrate the genius of the artist who made this statue.
Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, the 'Venus de Milo' statue is widely renowned for the mystery of her missing arms. She was discovered in 1820 by a peasant named Yorgos who found her broken body in an underground cave on the island of Melos, Greece. Later she was taken out of Greece under unclear circumstances to Paris, where she was to be admired by the millions of visitors to the Louvre Museum.
Although the ancient Greek poet Homer describes Aphrodite as the daughter of Zeus and Dion, the more popular view is that she was conceived in the foam of the ocean from the seed of Uranus, dropped there when he was castrated. In fact her name means ""foam-born"". Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus but she loved Ares and was known for her many love affairs, notably with Adonis and Anchises.
More about the 'Venus de Milo' statue
The goddess stands with her drapery loosely clinging to her hips, her body somewhat twisted as she gazes off into the distance. Her garment, with deep folds, threatens to fall; her knee juts out and throws the body askew.
The now-missing arms undoubtedly balanced the composition. They probably held a shield supported on the goddesses’ knee, which would explain its protruding position. The shield would have been that of the war god Ares, Aphrodite’s most famous lover. In this context, she uses the shield as a mirror.
Representing the union of love and war, the adulterous relationship of Aphrodite and Ares was probably a humorous paradox to ancient Greek viewers. Using an implement of war as a beauty aid added further humour to the story.