The armless but otherwise well-proportioned statue of Venus de Milo has enchanted art lovers since it was discovered in 1820, after being buried for centuries.
The armless but otherwise well-proportioned statue of Venus de Milo has enchanted art lovers since it was discovered in 1820, after being buried for centuries. Many modern artists have been inspired to produce work based on the original Venus, which is normally kept in the Louvre in Paris.
Now an entire exhibition has been opened in Paris, every exhibit being a version of Venus. The contributors range from world-famous artist,s such as Dali and Man Ray, to those whose names are little-known but whose variations on the Venus theme are sometimes equally startling.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, exhibition devoted entirely to works of art inspired by the famous Venus de Milo statue.
The exhibition indicates the strange compulsion the statue has held for artists since it was discovered by a peasant in 1820, after being buried for centuries. This version is called "Autopsie de Venus", and it was created last year by Michael Journiac.
Venus with a little added uplift, and a photograph of an even more eccentric version by the well-known United States artist, Man Ray, are among the exhibits. Another is this head of Venus, surrounded by model soldiers. It's by Antoni Miralda.
Visitors have a chance to compare the various versions with the original. There have been several romantic legends of how the statue lost its arms when Turks attacked the men taking it to France. The truth is - the arms were missing when it was found.
The artist Pol Mara calls this composition "En Deshabillant Venus". it's another example of the fascination the Venus de Milo has for artists as well as the public. A fascination inexplicable to critics, who point out that, artistically, Venus is far from the best example of statuary of the hellenic period.
Gerard Granval contributes heads of Venus in red, white and blue. And for anyone who's fed up with Venus altogether, there's the chance to get rid of their antipathy and their energy, in one go.