The moodboard is a creative synthesis inspired by Aphrodite, the ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty. The undisputed model of female beauty remains timeless through the masterpiece Aphrodite of Milos also known as Venus de Milo.
Aphrodite of Milos, also known as Venus De Milo | One of the most famous Greek statues of the Hellenistic period, 2nd century B.C. The statue was crafted by Alexandros of Antioch, of fine parian marble and is slightly larger than life size at 203 cm high.
The statue of Venus de Milo was discovered on Milos island, Greece and transferred to Paris. Nowadays millions admire the armless Hellenistic masterpiece in the Louvre Museum.
The prevailing theory about Aphrodite‘s missing arms is that with the right hand she lifted up her drapery, while with the left hand she held a Golden Apple, named also as the Apple of Discord — an allusion to the Judgement of Paris — which according to the Greek myth triggered the Trojan War.
| Aphroditē, Paris & Trojan War | According to the story, Eris, goddess of discord, wanted to revenge the Olympians and threw the Golden Apple with the inscription ‘To The Fairest’. Three goddesses, Aphrodite, Athena and Hera claimed the apple as a prize of beauty. Unable to decide, Zeus told Trojan prince Paris to judge.
All three goddesses were ideally beautiful and Paris could not decide between them, so they resorted to bribes. Hera tried to bribe Paris with power over all Asia and Europe, and Athena offered wisdom, fame and glory in battle.
But Aphrodite offered Paris the most beautiful woman on earth – Helen, the wife of Greek King Menelaus of Sparta. Aphrodite finally won the Golden Apple, as a prize of Beauty, yet in return The Judgement of Paris, triggered the Trojan War.
| Aphroditē, Eros & Psyche | Another myth attributed to Aphrodite is the story of Eros and Psyche, a story narrating the struggle for love and trust. In the story Aphrodite was jealous of Psyche’s beauty. Therefore she commanded her son Eros, the god of love, to throw his arrows towards Psyche and cause her fall in love with the ugliest creature on earth.
But instead, Eros falls in love with Psyche himself and spirits her away to his home. A visit from Psyche’s jealous sisters, ruins their fragile peace; Psyche betrays the trust of her husband and wounded Eros leaves his wife.
Psyche wanders the Earth, looking for her lost love. Eventually she approaches Aphrodite and asks for her help. Aphrodite imposes a series of difficult tasks on Psyche in order to prove her loyalty and love to Eros. After completing the tasks successfully, Aphrodite relents and Psyche becomes immortal to live alongside her husband Eros.
In Greek mythology, Psyche was the deification of the human soul. Psyche was often portrayed as a goddess with butterfly wings — an allusion to Psyché, the ancient greek word for butterfly. In modern greek, psyche literally means ‘soul, spirit, breath, life or animating force’.
| Aphroditē, Goddess of Love & Beauty | Hesiod describes, Aphrodite after rising from the foam first approached the island of Cythera, and thence went to Cyprus. While walking on the sea-coast flowers sprang up under her feet and Eros accompanied her to the assembly of the other great gods. All of whom were struck with admiration and love, when she appeared; her surpassing beauty made every one desire to have her for his wife […]
To avoid rivalry among gods, Zeus intervened to give Aphrodite as consort to the most deformed one, Hephaestus. The god of crafts, enchanted by Aphrodite’s beauty, forged beautiful jewelry for her. As described in Homeric hymns […] On her head, the Horai (Seasons) put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichalc and precious gold, and adorned her with golden necklaces.
In the Homer’s Iliad, Aphrodite possessed a magic girdle with seductive powers. The girdle was crafted by Hephaestus, but unfortunately for him, Aphrodite was frequently unfaithful, looking for other partners, including Ares, as described in the Odyssey.