Classicism to Surrealism: Dali’s Venus with Drawers

Posted: 23/04/2017 by vequinox in Literature


41GKN0BBSNLOn the 8th of April 1820, the statue of Venus de Milo was discovered by a peasant called Yorgos Kentrotas within a buried niche in the ancient city ruins of Milos (currently Tripiti) in the Aegean. Between 130 and 100 BC when the work was created, Milos was still part of the Ottoman Empire. Perhaps the best known and loved ancient Greek sculpture, it appears to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). The over-life size armless marble is attributed to Alexandros of Antioch and is on permanent display at the Louvre.

Fast-forward to 1936, and an entirely different Venus is born in the studio of Europe’s most eccentric modern artist, Salvador Dali. His “Venus de Milo with Drawers, a half-size plaster reproduction of the famous marble, altered with pompon-decorated drawers in the figure’s forehead, breasts, stomach, abdomen, and left…

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