Venus de Milo
Venus de Milo sculpture
Photo: US Government Printing Office
Venus de Milo, a famous Greek statue. It depicts Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love and physical beauty. It is a marble sculpture, 203 cm high. The sculpture dates back to about 130 BC, and is supposedly by Alexandros of Antioch.
In 1820 the sculpture was found on the Aegean island of Melos by a peasant named Yorgos. He hid it from the authorities but was later discovered by Turkish officials, who seized the sculpture. A French naval officer, Jules Dumont d'Urville recognized its significance and arranged for a purchase by the French ambassador to Turkey The Marquis de Riviere. After some reparing, the statue was presented to King Louis XVIII, who eventually presented it to the Louvre museum in Paris, where it is now.
Various replicas exists around the world. (you can purchase a replica on the internet)