The Sculpture of Venus de Milo

Inspired by the original Venus de Milo which was discovered on the island of Melos ( Milos in Modern Greek) in 1820 by a farmer within the ruins of an ancient city there. She was originally thought to be sculpted by Praxiteles but after an inscription discovered on its plinth, she is now believed to have been sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch.

She was gifted to Louis the XVIII by the Marquis de Rivière and Louis gifted it to the Louvre the following year. She is popularly thought to represent Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, due to her half-naked appearance and sensual pose while others believe her to represent Amphitrite, goddess of the sea and Neptune’s wife, as she was profoundly admired on the island of Milos.

Marble Venus de Milo Sculpture