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Curtis, Gregory.
Disarmed. The Story of the Venus de Milo.

New York Alfred A. Knopf: 2003.

"The Venus de Milo is both a great work of art and a popular icon, and from the moment of her discovery in 1820 by a French naval ensign, she has been an object of aesthetic and archeological controversy. Using memoirs, letters, and official accounts, Gregory Curtis introduces readers to Venus as she was unearthed by a farmer, digging for marble building blocks on the Aegean island of Melos at the moment a young officer and amateur archeologist looking for classical relics happened by. Curtis tells how the island's elders fought with their Turkish overlords over who owned Venus, and how the French pressed their claim, outwitting other suitors to bring her to the Louvre, where she became an immediate celebrity. Curtis's depiction of Europe in the early 19th century, caught in the grip of a classical art mania, reveals just how far the Louvre was prepared to go to prove it had the greatest classical find of the era, and how the French scholar Salomon Reinach and the German Adolf Furtw_ngler battled over the statue's origins and authenticity for decades. Curtis also presents competing theories about the statue's original appearance."

Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 247 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published at 24.00.

Inventory #: 95029
Price: $ 12.50      

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