Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo" Poster - 50 x 70 cm
Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo", Melos Island, Cyclades, ca. 130 - 100 BC
Marble of Paros. H.202 cm I Paris, musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
© Photo Rmn-GP (musée du Louvre)
The statue was discovered in 1820 by a peasant on the island of Melos (known as Milo), near the ruins of an ancient theatre. Purchased by the Marquis de Rivière, it was offered in 1821 to Louis XVIII who donated it to the Louvre.