Venus de Milo is the world-renowned ancient Greek sculpture of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty (known as Venus to the Romans).
The statue, standing at 6 feet and 8 inches, was carved out of marble by Alexandros of Antioch circa 100 BC.
Currently located in the Lourve Museum in Paris, the statue is said to epitomize the female beauty ideal at the time with perky breasts, wide hips and a sensual half-dressed pose. Venus de Milo also carries with her an air of mystery as her arms were missing for most of her fame.
However, we know that her arms would not have been placed on her hips. Rather, it was proposed that the statue’s right hand is pulling on the garment falling off the left thigh, and the left arm is holding an apple and resting on a column (pictured below, in the middle).
Do you feel that Venus de Milo still embodies the beauty ideal of today? Who do you admire for having a great form?