Discovery and authorship The statue was found half buried in two pieces, on 8 April 1820 in the Aegean island of Melos, also called Milo, by a peasant named Yorgos Kendrot s. Near the statue was found a fragment of a forearm and hand with an apple (in Greek, literally means apple) and these remains are considered part of your arms. The right arm is thought that held the robe, while the left held the apple of the Trial of Paris, the Trojan Paris apple had to offer antiquities for sale the very Aphrodite in testimony of his decision antiquities auction in the trial of legendary beauties he was subjected. The truth is that it is unclear whether the arms could be lost after the discovery of modern sculpture: Yorgos left half of Egyptian antiquities the Venus in the same place where I found not to be unearthed, we think that the whole had a weight of 900 kilos , and half carried her to the barn, first offering to sell the statue to an Orthodox cleric.In those moments he was fighting the last stage of the War of Independence of Greece from the Ottoman Empire and the Greek clergy contacted, to elude the Turkish authorities, with a French naval officer, Jules Dumont D’Urville, who immediately recognized its value and arranged supposedly a dark between purchase by the French ambassador in Constantinople, the Marquis de Riviere. This is the official version, although some historians suggest that the statue off the island by force, losing both arms when he hit the rocks. Egypt and the middle east are full of are very special and expensive The truth is that after some repair work, the statue was presented to King Louis XVIII in 1821. Finally antiquities dealers the King gave it to the Louvre in Paris, where he still shows today antiquities the public admiration. The Venus de Milo left Greece on 1 March 1821, just twenty days before modern Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire on 25 March that year.A few years earlier, in 1815 the Louvre had to return to Italy, its original place, another famous sculpture, the so-called Venus de Medici, brought to Paris by Napoleon Bonaparte and the restored French monarchy had returned to Italy. Debay drawing of the statue to the pedestal lost, published in 1821. The authorship is unclear, because she was found with other fragments with inscriptions mention two artists of Antioch called Agesander and Aleixandre, although it is unknown whether these were the authors of the work or other pedestals later placed next to the statue . It has been attributed even Scopas, classical sculptor of the fourth century BC C., although it does not detect the characteristic pathos of this author.

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