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  • proper n. An ancient Greek sculpture believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to Romans).


From Italian: Venus from Melos (the island where the statue was found) (Wiktionary)


  • For instance, if you have the Venus de Milo, that is a conservation ethic and goal about being safe.

    Max Eternity: Nina Simon and the Participatory Museum Model

  • The Venus de Milo is a living being, a great personage; indeed, a genuine and gracious goddess.

    Preaching and Paganism

  • The Venus de Milo is the voyeuristic peerings by a man staring at a woman coming out of the shower and Tracey Emin's tent was a list of all the men foolish enough to bear down on her knuckle shaped skull.


  • In its present condition, the "Venus de Milo" is not the statue of an armless woman, but a statue of part of a whole woman.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • 'Venus de Milo' and the 'Madeleine,' she shook off her depression, and when, towards the middle of October, they returned to town, her grandfather believed that he had effected a cure.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • In the "Venus de Milo," for example, the plane of the lower limbs from the feet to the knees moves to the left; there is an opposite and balancing movement from the right knee to the waist; the first movement is repeated in the parallel line from the right hip to the top of the head; this, in turn, is balanced by a line in the opposite direction running from the left hip to the right shoulder, parallel to the second line; but the equilibrium of line is not a rigid one, for the body as a whole moves in an undulating line to the left, imparting grace and a total unity.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • It's the literary equivalent of putting a bra on the Venus de Milo.

    Donald Kaul: American History Requires Study, Not Plastic Surgery

  • Or perhaps Sasha Grey is the Venus de Milo of the 21st century.

    Jill Di Donato: NSFWorks of Art

  • But art historians argue that imperfections often add value to artifacts: The Venus de Milo isn't cherished less because its arms are missing; the Liberty Bell isn't diminished because it is cracked.

    Arlington cemetery urns turn up on auction block, but how'd they get there?

  • Ancient Egypt had its Rosetta Stone, Ancient Greece had its Venus de Milo, Easter Island has its stunning moai, and now we have the perfect artifact of our time and place: a $100,000 American-flag belt buckle encrusted with rubies, sapphires and diamonds.

    Bob Ostertag: Our Era in a Belt Buckle


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