The conspiracy behind this famous statue

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The Venus de Milo has another missing piece.


The Venus de Milo is iconic. Why? It turns out a missing piece might have something to do with it.

In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the secret history of the Venus de Milo, the famous armless statue from Greece. Found in 1820, the Venus de Milo was always considered notable, but it’s a complicated political situation that made the statue iconic.

French art and the Louvre were struggling when Venus was discovered. A large cache of art — looted by Napoleon around the world — had recently been returned to various home countries, and that left a huge gap in the Louvre’s classical art collection. Venus was the perfect solution — and the French went to extreme lengths to make sure nobody questioned her legitimacy. The result was a globally famous statue with a complicated and secretive history.


If you want to learn more about Venus, check out:

Disarmed by Gregory Curtis
Incredibly detailed, this book immerses you in the life and times of one of the world’s most famous statues.

The Venus de Milo: Genesis of a Modern Myth by Philippe Jockey
This paper provides the best and clearest synopsis of how and why the French concealed the truth about the Venus de Milo.

Creating the Past: The Vénus de Milo and the Hellenistic Reception of Classical Greece by Rachel Kousser
This paper helpfully grounds the Venus in the Hellenistic era (and provides a good summary of her discovery and subsequent theories).






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Yeah, she's Greek, by a Greek sculptor on a Greek island, which would make her Aphrodite of Melos not Venus de Milo.

Author — Blue Sorcerie

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No one :

Venus de Milo : “You think your life is hard, I’m wearing size 15 nikes. Men’s size 15 nikes. Beat that.”

Author — Miranda Rivas

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venus de milo: i lost arms
modern ppl: *aesthetic*

Author — yee tus

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Video about a Greek statue

Background music : Italian....

Author — thbkplgamsta

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Up next: why Michaelangelo's David is the icon of vaporwave

Author — MyBroSux24

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I know about homegirl while playing The Sims 2. She is best when placed in the garden.

Author — Bi Ph Bi Ph Bi Ph Bi Ph

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I've always thought, the reason to her iconic success was because of the fact that she was.. incomplete. Her limbs weren't there and gave us a reason to create our own interpretations of it and question the artwork through our own abilities of perceiving. She's the most 'mysterious' one out there in my opinion. The history itself also becomes an interesting part to analyze

Author — Karisya Putri

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Thanks for inclunding centimeters on the measurements, really helps understand for every non-American!

Author — Bibop M

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2:07
You think your life is hard? She's wearing those 15 sized nikes. Mens.

Author — Lychee Blossoms

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It's like the thing with Mona Lisa. Both of these artworks art propped up by their circumstances rather than their artistic qualities.

Author — Ernest Choy

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I think that Vox is gonna talk about “The thinker” statue one day.

Author — Tiaan von Firen

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Its famous because it's *a e s t h e t h i c*

Author — Rhea Kinn

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**Venus de Milo gets lost on a tiny Greek island**

_Proceeds to become international icon_

Author — Vociferous

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Vox with the stories we didn't know we needed.

Author — CaptainHappen

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“These are all the same woman. Which one do you recognize?”

Me: That one

“Why?”

Me: Animal Cross- ... ohh yeah right, international icon

Author — Katie

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I wish I could find random old marble statues in my back yard.

Author — Tiago Miranda

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That is the rarest Gummi of them all, the Gummi Venus de Milo, carved by Gummi artisans who work exclusively in the medium of Gummi.

Author — B Zack

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Last time I was this early the Venus the Milo still had arms.

Author — robiking011

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And we don't even know who the sculptor was. Probably a random unkown dude that made mediocre sculptures... its ironic, isnt it?

Author — Cancerino

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Now, give her back !
"Aphrodite get dressed you're coming home."

Author — fotis xevgenis