Aphrodite of Milos

She revealed herself in the imagination of a great sculptor, whose name was forgot-ten by time. Her divine figure took life from his chisel and emerged dazzling through an unrefined piece of white marble. She was worshipped for a long time, set, as indi-cated, at the entrance of a stadium. And later, when the ancient gods were pursued, she found shelter in the earth of Milos and was covered by the dust of History. She was unearthed centuries later by the spade of an unsuspecting and lucky farmer who stumbled on her stone body, just a few metres away, outside the island’s ancient theatre. She was passionately claimed by both the French and the Ottomans. After an entire year, with her hands lost, probably during hasty transportation, she ended up as valuable loot on a French frigate. Leaving behind her birthplace for good, she settled, as a migrant but unquestionable leading lady, in the Louvre Museum.
Since then, the goddess of love stands motionless in her high pedestal in Paris. Her emblematic image travels forever, passing on everywhere a glimpse of the Aegean light, epitomizing the ideal of beauty, charming millions of people and reminding eve-ryone of the unique land of her origin: “Aphrodite of Milos”… A masterpiece of Helle-nistic sculpture, created between the 3rd and the 1st century B.C., which became a universal symbol, while remaining the most representative vestige of a unique civilization.


Aphrodite of Milos
It was accidentally found in 1820 by the farmer Georgios Kentrotas, who was looking for water for his animals...