Edited by Gianni Guadalupi. Texts by Louis-Marie Demartin du Tyrac
2000 / 252 PAGES.
The harbours of the Greek islands and Turkish coast visited by the consul who discovered and purchased the most stunning spoils of the avid 19th-century archaeology, taking her back to France: the Venus de Milo.
In 1820, a young embassy attaché, Gascon gentleman Louis-Marie De Martin du Tyrac, Viscount of Marcellus, was sent on a diplomatic tour of the Levantine ports, visiting the consulates of France on behalf of King Louis XVIII. On board a schooner belonging to the French Levant fleet, he visited Chios, Delos, Milos, Rhodes and Cyprus. In Milos – by fair means or foul – he successfully acquired, for his king, the sculpture that would become the most famous of antiquity: the recently unearthed Venus de Milo, today a pride of the Louvre.