Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo

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In the spring of 1820, on the Aegean island of Melos, an unsuspecting farmer was digging for marble building blocks when he unearthed the statue that would come to be known as the Venus de Milo. From the moment of its discovery a battle for possession ensued and was won, eventually, by the French. Touted by her keepers in the Louvre as the great classical find of the era, the sculpture gained instant celebrity–and yet its origins had yet to be documented or verified.

From the flurry of excitement surrounding her discovery, to the raging disputes over her authenticity, to the politics and personalities that have given rise to her mystique, Gregory Curtis has given us a riveting look at the embattled legacy of a beloved icon and a remarkable tribute to one of the world’s great works of art.

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“The Venus de Milo is probably the most famous sculpture in the world–controversial from the first and much written about. In Disarmed Gregory Curtis has tripped with delicate balance though the thick mine fields of scholarship and produced and engaging and engrossing book. It makes one want to head right off to Paris, to that long gallery in the Louvre, and have a look again.”
–Larry McMurtry

“In plunging us into the mysteries behind the glowing achievement that is the Venus de Milo, Gregory Curtis has created quite an achievement himself–a memorable, fascinating, thrilling book. In vivid prose based on research of great integrity, he makes us see new depths beneath the statue’s beauty. He has created a work that will endure in your memory like the statue itself.”
–Robert A. Caro

"Fascinating, scholarly, surprising and extremely entertaining".
–Jan Morris

“Disarmed will be a startling book for readers expecting a dutiful art history lesson about a statue.  It is instead a fiery and eccentric story,  in whose pages all sorts of unforgettable characters fight for possession not just of the Venus de Milo herself, but of the tranquil, eternal,  maddeningly elusive ideal of human perfection she represents.”
–Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo

“A fascinating tale admirably told.”
–Rosamond Bernier

About the Author:

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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