How the French kidnapped “Aphrodite of Milos”

The cinematic adventure of the amazing statue that was accidentally discovered by a farmer and ended up in the Louvre

The anxious efforts of an impoverished and large farmer to gather stones to build a small wall in his field, brought to the surface again after about 1,900 years that he was buried in the ground, one of the most beautiful statues ever sculpted in the world.

Milos Island, April 8, 1820. Just a few months before the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman yoke broke out, the unsuspecting land worker Georgios Kentrotas (or according to other sources Georgios Botonis), began to dig under the sun, until his pickaxe , knocked on the roof of an underground dome. Curious, he crawled into the hole he had made and found himself in a small room. The spectacle he faces leaves him dazzled. On the floor of the room lay an all-white statue of Parian marble.

He did not know what to do

It depicted a beautiful topless girl. She had a headband in her hair (a form of tape, similar to the one that women still use today to hold their hair) from which hair is pulled back. Her two hands may have been absent and the complete welding of all the parts found was later done in France, but even so the beauty was unparalleled. The illiterate farmer could not realize the value of his statue, but he did not know what to do with it. Thus, he considered it appropriate to talk about the discovery to his fellow villagers. This is where the adventure begins.


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