Museum of Beauty
Konica Minolta has opened an excellent online Museum of Beauty that allows its visitors to better understand the Louvre’s famous sculpture of Venus de Milo. One of the world’s most famous Greek sculptures, the statue is a slightly over-life size image of Aphrodite or Venus, the goddess of love. She so fascinates the public that the gallery in which she stands in the Louvre is usually mobbed with visitors snapping photos as quickly as possible – making a real and reverential visit impossible. Now, however, with the help of Konica Minolta, devotees and scholars of the sculpture can examine her up-close at the Museum of Beauty.
Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created at some time between 130 and 100 BCE, it is believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high. Its arms and original plinth have been lost. From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; it was earlier mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles.
Data was acquired by means of a non-contact 3D digitizer which projects a red laser light on the statue and captures the reflected light with a CCD camera ( you can see a demo at the Museum of Beauty). Some 300 scans were made.
What was gained by the process? First and foremost, the resultant Museum of Beauty website, provides a way to see and study the Venus de Milo even if you’ve not got time to dash to Louvre. Details abound: the sculpture’s scarred surface – a testament to years of wear and tear before her discovery – is shown up-close; evidence that she once wore a golden ornament in her hair is likewise visible; and so are the holes that once bound a bracelet to her upper right arm.