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Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo
Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo
Our Price: $24.00
Year: 2003
Pages: 247
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 375415238

Product Code: 756783682

Gregory Curtis (au). In 1820, the Venus was unearthed by a farmer digging for marble building blocks on the Aegean island of Melos at the moment a young French naval ensign & amateur archaeologist looking for “relics” happened by. The island’s elders, excited by the Frenchman’s offer of money, fought with their Turkish overlords over who owned her. The French pressed their claim & then brought her to the Louvre Museum, where she became an instant celebrity. Curtis sketches a tale of rich historical intrigue & the decades-long battle between a French & a German scholar over the statue’s origins & authenticity. Finally, Curtis offers his own ideas of who carved the Venus & when, & how she appeared in her original setting on the island of Melos. Photos.

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