venus de milo

Another sculpture/piece of  ancient Greek civilization displayed at the Louvre is Venus de Milo, a sculpture believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) the Greek goddess of love and beauty.. Like the Nike sculpture, this one has missing parts too particularly the arms. It was said to be created at some time between 130 and 100 BC. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high.

Although the arms were missing, which added to the fame of this Alexandros of Antioch’s sculpture, scholars wrote that the left arm holds an apple just below eye level which the goddess is supposedly looking at. It was also believed to have been painted to full glory but when discovered in 1820, all tint’s gone…schade!

When we visited the Louvre my then 3-year-old son blurted out upon seeing the statue, “I know her, Hercules broke her arms!” This send hubby and I, an attendant and other onlookers laughing. He was referring to the scene from the Disney movie Hercules (1997), a clip is below (at 00:27):