Venus de Melo (Reduction) - Item #78
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
34 Inches High x 10.5 Inches Wide x 10 Inches Deep
Reduction of the full-sized sculpture (Item #117). Also known as the Aphrodite of Melos, this late 2nd century B.C.E. sculpture might be a replica due to its similarities with the Aphrodite of Capua in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples which dates from the late 4th century B.C.E. The sculpture was found on the island of Melos (Milo in modern Greek) in 1820, soon after which it was donated to the Louvre by King Louis XVIII. Although the statue shares characteristics with earlier sculptural aesthetics, its innovative features, such as the twist of the body and the drapery falling over the hips, helped in dating the sculpture to the Hellenistic period.
Museum: Louvre Museum, Paris
Origin: Island of Melos, Cyclades, Greece
Time Period: Ancient Greek - Hellenistic, c. 100 B.C.E.
1911 Catalog ID # - 769
Astier, Marie-Bénédicte. "Aphrodite, known as the 'Venus de Milo.'" Louvre Museum, http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/aphrodite-known-venus-de-milo.