"the Venus of Milo"
Venus de Milo
Public DomainVenus de Milo - Credit: Alexandros of Antioch

Aphrodite of Milos is an ancient Greek marble, better known as the Venus de Milo.  Aphrodite is an ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty.  Venus is her Roman equivalent.  The statue was created sometime between 130 and 100 BC.  It is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch.  It is on display at the Louvre in Paris.

The Aphrodite of Milos was discovered by a Greek peasant in 1820, inside a buried niche within the ancient city ruins of Milos (now Tripiti) on the island of Milos.  It was found in two main pieces - the upper torso and the lower draped legs.  After some bureaucratic bumbling, it was bought by the by the French ambassador to Turkey, who had it removed to the Louvre.