Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 - Art - 247 pages
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"A passionate researcher, Curtis shows us Europe in the early nineteenth century, caught in the grip of a classical art mania and a burgeoning romantic Hellenism. He sketches a tale of rich historical intrigue, revealing just how far the Louvre was prepared to go to prove it had the greatest classical find of the era. He tells how this resulted in two magisterial scholars, one French and one German, battling over the statue's origins and authenticity for decades." "Finally, expanding on accepted research, Curtis offers how own ideas of who carved the Venus and when, and how she appeared in her original setting on the island of Melos. He ends with a tribute to the statue's beauty and eternal appeal."--BOOK JACKET.

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DISARMED: The Story of Venus de Milo

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A brisk and brilliant trot through the history of one of the world's most famous pieces of sculpture and through the lives of those who fashioned her, lost her, found her, claimed her, bought her ... Read full review

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User Review  - keywestnan - LibraryThing

A great read, tracing the Venus de Milo from her unearthing on the Greek island of Melos through the struggles to identify/date the statue. Curtis provides a great overview of political, cultural and ... Read full review


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Gregory Curtis was editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time, and Rolling Stone, among other places. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he currently lives in Austin with his wife and four children.

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