Journey back in time with us to the year 1820. We are on the Aegean Island of Milos and a local farmer just unearthed a magnificent sculpture of, most likely, Aphrodite. Known today as the Venus de Milo, this approximately 6 ½ foot tall Parian marble statue eventually made its way to Louvre Museum in Paris.
Forever capturing this moment is a very rare publication, Sur La Statue Antique De Vénus Victrix Découverte Dans L'Ile de Milo en 1820
, printed in 1821. Primarily discussing the archaeological significance of this discovery, this book, which is being offered in our August Estate Auction
, is also filled with other essays on classical art and archaeology. This auction opens for live bidding on Thursday, August 10th at 9am. Pre-bidding is available now.
What would be the use of describing it [The Venus de Milo]? Can we? A single glance makes her better known than all our words. You have to see it, see it again, contemplate it, and you will feel that everything you could say about it would only weakly convey the impression that the sight of these contours [gives] ....
- (Translated from French into English) Sur La Statue Antique De Vénus Victrix Découverte Dans L'Ile de Milo en 1820
, Chapter 1, Page 2