One of the most beautiful and popular statues of Greek history.
In 1820 a peasant named Yorgos found her broken body in an underground cavern on the Aegean island of Melos. He knew that such treasures of antiquity were to be turned over to the Turkish authorities but for a time he hid her lovely beauty in his barn. The secret was disclosed and the officials took her from him and loaded her into a Turkish vessel. Somehow she was transferred to a french frigate off the coast of Melos; the Turkish official was publicly whipped, the French said it was a legitimate purchase and she who was destined to become famous sailed away to France.
Her graceful body symbolizes an ideal of beauty that many long for but none attain.
Museum of Louvre, Paris
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