Venus De Milo

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Aphrodite is one of the most well known gods to the Greek people (called Venus to Romans). She is known to be the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. So being the goddess of love and beauty, one would only want to make a beautiful sculpture to honor the goddess, hence the creation of the Venus de Milo. This paper will examine the history of the sculpture. Firstly, I will give a brief history of the sculpture. Secondly, I will give a formal analysis of the sculpture. Finally, I will discuss why this sculpture is known to be one of the most famous sculptures from the Hellenistic period. Venus De Milo stands to be 6ft, 8in high. She was made around the late years of the Hellenistic period in the year 150 B.C.E. by Alexandros of Antioch, and she is made from marble. She was first discovered on April 8th, 1820 on the Island of Melos (Milo in modern Greek), by a peasant and or farmer who was digging in his field and he began to unearth the statue. There happened to be a French sailor by the name of Olivier Voutier, who was present at the time that this farmer began to unearth the stature and asked him to dig it up completely. Later it was bought by the French navel officers, then presently to Louis XVII, who in turned gave it to the Louvre, where it remains to this very day (Kousser). Venus De Milo is a sculpture that can be admired from all angles, not just to be viewed straight on from the front of the body. She is made from two blocks of marble, but was comprised of several parts which were sculpted separately. She is shown to be half naked from the waist up. She has some type of drapery around her waist and it flows all the way down to her feet. Also the drapery that is around her is formed into such a way that you can cle... ... middle of paper ... ...ity, Winter 2002. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. . Astier, Marie-Bénédicte. "Work Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo"." Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo". N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. . Kousser, Rachel. "Crating the Past: The Venus De Milo and the Hellenistic Reception of Classical Greece." JSTOR. Archaeological Institute of America, Apr. 2005. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. . Luca Leoncini. "Venus de Milo." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.15 Apr. 2014. . Winckelmann, Johann. "Venus de Milo." Venus de Milo. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. .

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