aphrodite; asymmetry; disability; venus de milo
The Venus de Milo, an ancient Greek statue, has been viewed as one of the most celebrated pieces of art in Western culture. It was sculpted during the Hellenistic period between 150 and 50 BC and is believed to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch. The sculpture is thought to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. When assembled, the two halves of the sculpture meet in an almost horizontal line that is purposefully obscured by a roll of garment around the hips. It has been noted that the midline of the statue's face is displaced slightly. German anatomist von Henke observed that Venus's pelvis is obliquely positioned and that there is a leg length discrepancy. These findings lead him and others to posit that the Venus de Milo might have a subtle spinal deformity. In this review, we examine the literature regarding this famous statue and evidence that the model of the statue might have had a deformity of the vertebral column.
Neurosciences (Brain & Spine)
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Andrew, Kevlian; Iwanaga, Joe; Loukas, Marios; Chapman, Jens; Oskouian, Rod J; and Tubbs, R Shane, "Does the Venus de Milo have a Spinal Deformity?" (2018). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 944.