Greece has just launched a bid to win back the Venus de Milo, which currently resides at the Louvre in Paris.
Gerasimos Damoulakis, mayor of the island of Milos, in the Aegean Sea, where the marble masterpiece was discovered in 1820, is campaigning to collect one million signatures for a petition in advance of the 200th anniversary of the statue’s discovery.
Created sometime between 130 and 100 BCE, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. This prominent sculpture is one of the most celebrated examples of ancient Greek art-famous for both its beauty and lack of arms.
The petition will be presented to the European Union and the Louvre in a bid to bring the statue back to its homeland.
“The claim itself isn’t new,” Mr Damoulakis said. “There’s not a Greek out there who hasn’t wondered why Greece’s finest piece of antiquity is sitting in France rather than in its birthplace."