Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Aphrodite/ Vnus de Milo

The Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture.

Created at some time between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite (called Venus by the Romans), the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 6.7 ft high, says Wikipedia. Its arms and original plinth have been lost. From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; it was earlier mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles.

It is at present on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Although the Venus de Milo is widely renowned for the mystery of her missing arms among people unfamiliar with any other incomplete Greek or Roman sculpture,[1] enough evidence remains to prove that the right arm of the goddess was lowered across the torso with the right hand resting on the raised left knee so the sliding drapery wrapped around the hips and legs could be held in place.

I've seen a bit of sagging, but this example of lowriding is off the hook.

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