So called from its discovery near the village of Melos, on an island of that name one of the Cyclades, famous for its catacombs, amphitheatre, and the Cyclopean ramparts of its vast harbor, once the port of a busy and important city of antiquity. It was found in 1820, and brought by M. de Riviere, then French Ambassador at Constantinople, who presented it to the Museum of the Louvre. The cast belonging to the Art Association was taken directly from the original under Government supervision. The Venus of Milo is considered the most magnificent specimen of Grecian Art of which Paris can boast. Lubke (History of Sculpture, Vol. 1, page 137,) declares that "this is the only statue of Venus that has come to us which represents the goddess, and not merely a beautiful woman. . . ." [P. 3; exhibited under heading: "Catalogue of Casts."]
Fifth Exhibition, 1873-1874. San Francisco Art Association Catalogue. Price, 25 cts.