The most beautiful Goddess, forever young and fascinating Aphrodite, is imprinted in a graceful marble statue called Aphrodite of Milos, or better known as Venus de Milo (Aphrodite or Venus – Goddess of beauty and love). She is one of the most renowned ancient Greek sculpture’s creations. It is believed that she was created sometime between 130 and 100 BC by Alexandros of Antioch – a sculptor on the Maeander River. But thousands of years after that, the mankind nothing knew about this masterpiece of Hellenistic epoch.
Venus de Milo was discovered in 1820 on the Aegean island of Melos by a simple farmer Yorgos Kentrotas. He tried to hide the statue in his stone house, but too soon the Turkish officials got hold of it and his main artifact (at that time, Melos was part of Ottoman Empire).
The statue was found in pieces – a naked upper torso, a veiled lower body, and a lower hip that allowed fitting the parts together without overturning. There were no arms, and also the statue was not complete. Despite of this fact, that’s one of reasons why the statue became widely popular.
Later, Venus de Milo was sold and taken to France. After restoration, she was presented to the king, Louis the XVIII. He offered the statue to the Louvre museum where she can still be seen and contemplated.
Also there is a copy of statue which is located at the Archeological Museum of Plaka, Greece.
Some interesting facts. It is supposed that the Goddess was conceived with some accessories, such as ear rings and a bracelet. All this accessories made her look more realistic or even fantastic. Venus held an apple in her left hand – the symbol of her being the most fairy goddess and also the symbol of Milos. Her right hand she held across her torso pulling the folds of her dress.
Venus de Milo is the only work of art to whom are dedicated a lot of poems in almost all the languages of the world.