January 9, 2005
In the early 19th century, during & after the Napoleonic wars there was a fierce rivalry between the French & British to prove who was the superior country.
With the British acquisition of the Elgin Marbles, France had no comparable landmark artwork that could be perceived as equivalent.
A new book documents the acquisition, as well as how it was more recently realised to be of a later date than first thought & therefore not of such artistic significance.
The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times – Books
January 09, 2005
Art: The Story of the Venus de Milo by Gregory Curtis
REVIEWED BY FRANK WHITFORD
DISARMED: The Story of the Venus de Milo
by Gregory Curtis
Sutton £19.99 pp247
Although armless and made of marble, the Venus de Milo was once regarded as the model of female physical perfection. Today, however, we would probably find her waist too thick, and her bust too big. At 6ft 7in, she is also too tall. Nevertheless, she remains one of the world’s most famous sculptures and, apart from the Mona Lisa, the world’s most well-known representation of a woman.
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