Discovering The Venus de Milo

By | April 24, 2019

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The Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum. Source: (Photo by Francois LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

One of the most-recognized sculptures in the world, Venus de Milo is an exquisite example of ancient Greek art. The marble sculpture—believed to have been created by Alexandros of Antioch in the 2nd century BC—stands more than six and a half feet tall and shows a beautiful, nearly-nude woman. The only flaw to this stunning statue is that the arms are missing. That’s because the statue spent several centuries buried in a farm field on the island of Milos, crumbling and falling into disrepair, until it was unearthed in 1820. Let’s learn about how the Venus de Milo was found after all those years. 

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The Greek island of Melos. Source: (

The Unknown Venus

Today, the Venus de Milo is one of the world’s best-known sculptures, so it is hard to believe that, for centuries, no one knew it even existed. Since its discovery in 1820, however, art historians have been able to piece together some information about the statue. They believe the Venus de Milo was the work of Alexandros of Antioch, an artist who traveled from city to city in ancient Greece, creating artworks on commission. He is also thought to have carved the statue of Alexander the Great which was also discovered on the island of Melos.