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Author Topic: Has anybody tried reconstructing the Venus d'Milo's arms?  (Read 1347 times)

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I mean has any serious art expert attempted reconstructing her arms?

Was she carrying a spear? Holding a bunch of flowers? Was she waving at someone?

Does anyone know what she was holding and what she was doing with her arms?

I am sure there are some pretty zany suggestions from the Internet's nation of Photoshop freaks out there...all suggestions greatly appreciated but, first and foremost, I am looking for accredited art experts theories.
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Re: Has anybody tried reconstructing the Venus d'Milo's arms?
« Reply #1 on: 26 April, 2015, 10:53:42 AM »
The arms were lost (sank) during the transportation of the statue according to this account from nelsonprice.com

There was no Greek government at the time only people who spoke Greek. The large French contingency on the island desired her. Yorgos and islanders wanted her to go to the Sultan to help gain tax relief. A conflict over her destiny resulted. The French eventually drug her to one of their ships anchored near the shore in the nearby harbor. Significant scratches resulting from the dragging can be seen on her back by a close observe. In a small boat they loaded her onto their ship. The arms were too heavy so they were in the process of being taken to another French ship anchored further off shore when the boat in which they were being transported sank and the arms were lost.

The account also contains a description of the statue's original condition

Originally she was painted and adorned with accents, such as ear rings and a bracelet, intended to give her a more life like appearance. In her left hand she held an apple, the symbol of Milos, and her right arm was across her torso as though the hand was tugging at the folds draped on her bent knee.

Complete article http://www.nelsonprice.com/milos-what-happened-to-the-arms-of-venus-demilo/

From that description it would be possible to reconstruct (with a 3D printer?) a facsimile of the original.
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Re: Has anybody tried reconstructing the Venus d'Milo's arms?
« Reply #2 on: 26 April, 2015, 11:15:46 AM »
Thank you Cosmos...your answer spurred me to do a little digging about Venus having an grannie smith in her hand and my very quick search lead me swiftly to this excellent video on YouTube...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT27rGkg4S0

PS Unlike nearly everything else on YouTube about the Venus de Milo, this video is actually serious and exceptionally reconstructed and produced.

It bears out you theory perfectly, Cosmos.
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