Ancient Greek sculptures have been influencing artists for centuries and they were used to tell many epic stories from Hellenistic history. Some of them are as stunning today as they were when they were first sculpted hundreds or even thousands of years ago and that certainly happens to be the case with these three.
Venus de Milo
Discovered on the island of Milos, this Parian marble statue depicts the Greek goddess of love, so it’s also known by the nickname Aphrodite de Milos. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding its original creator, but it’s widely believed it was sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch between 150 and 125 BC.
Winged Victory of Samothrace
Just like Venus de Milo, this headless statue now resides in Louvre Museum, but how did it end up there? Charles Champoiseau discovered this statue dedicated to the goddess Niké on the island of Samothrace and decided to send it to Louvre. He later tried to find its missing arms and head, but with no success.
This marble sculpture was created to adorn the walls of Parthenon’s naos in Athens, but it’s now located in the British Museum in London. The meaning behind this sculpture remains unsolved to this day, and there are many different interoperations surrounding it, but it’s widely believed that it represents the Panathenaic procession.