1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos
The Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture.
It is generally asserted that the Venus de Milo was discovered on 8 April 1820 by a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas, inside a buried niche within the ancient city ruins of Milos.
Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, the statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, although some scholars claim it is the sea-goddess Amphitrite, venerated on Milos.
Initially it was attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles, but based on an inscription that was on its plinth, the statue is now thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch.
It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high and part of an arm and the original plinth were lost following the statue’s discovery.
Extra Note: It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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