Discovering The Venus de Milo

By Karen Harris
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.