Sunday Sign-Off: Appreciate Some Broken Art

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On this day, way back in 1820, the Aphrodite of Milos was discovered (in several pieces) by a young farmer named Yorgos Ketrotas on the Aegean Island of Milos. Because it wasn't brick-shaped (in other words, useful), Yorgos was all set to cover it back up and continue on with his afternoon of brick-digging. Fortunately, Olivier Voutier, an enterprising French Naval officer, happened to be excavating nearby and quickly took charge of the situation, paying the farmer to dig up the rest of the statue. The French purchased the statue and presented it to Louis XVIII, who donated it to the Louvre, thus concluding the saga of how a broken sculpture from the ancient world became the inspiration for a really naked scene in the exceptionally naked movie The Dreamers.

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