The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus is packed full of beautiful art.
From the Dodge Campus, across Elmwood to Scott Campus; there seems no shortage of masterpieces that could rival a museum's collection. One piece, though, that has become a visual staple on campus is the familiar ‘Venus de Milo’ replica that stands at the northwest corner of Arts & Sciences Hall.
She’s seen every day by students, faculty and staff alike, but where it came from has likely remained a mystery for many. Luckily, its history has been quietly preserved and the story of how she made her home here on campus can be shared.
UNO’s Venus de Milo statue was donated 13 years ago by UNO alumna Martha Page, who graduated in 2003. An Omaha resident, Page was moving homes and couldn’t take the piece with her. Unwilling to sell it, she donated it to the University of Nebraska Foundation for UNO’s use.
“I’m delighted the statue is going to be at my alma mater, but not only that, but in an educational environment,” Page told the UNO Gateway in 2007. “I’ll miss her, but she’s in a place where my heart is.”
The original Venus de Milo, housed at the Louvre in Paris, was created sometime between 130 and 100 BC. It is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. The statue is named after Aphrodite’s Roman name, Venus, and the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered.
UNO’s Venus de Milo is thought to be a mix of two very popular works; of course the original Venus de Milo, but also the Venus d’Arles. Because the original Venus de Milo doesn’t have arms, the arms of UNO’s statue are actually modeled from the Venus d’Arles.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.