How is the Woman of Willendorf sculpture similar to and/or different from the Venus de Milo?
What do the differences in style and emphasis in these two Venus sculptures say about the image of women in these two cultures?
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The Venus de Milo is a truly Hellenistic piece, currently on display at the Louvre in Paris. It probably dates to about 100 BC. This marble sculpture depicts the goddess of love in ancient mythology; the Greeks called her Aphrodite, but the statue is best known by the name Venus, goddess of love in ancient Rome. Her arms are missing, and she is otherwise nude except for a cloth draped around her lower body, expertly fashioned in the marble and a nod to the suggestion of the erotic which the Greeks so favored. The Venus de Willendorf is not quite such a thing of beauty; she has no feet, enormous breasts and genitalia, and a face covered with a headdress of some sort. Scientists have generally come to believe that she was intended as a sort of fertility symbol rather than an artistic expression. Venus of Willendorf dates back to approximately 23,000 years ago.
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