Winged Victory of Samothrace (c. 200–190 BC) (Greek Art)

Winged Victory of Samothrace - Greek Art - c.200 - c.190 BC

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TitleWinged Victory of Samothrace
ArtistGreek Art
Datec.200 - c.190 BC
Dimensions328 cm (11 ft)
Art MovementHellenistic
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris

About Winged Victory of Samothrace

The artwork known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, a masterful example of Greek art from the Hellenistic period, dates back to approximately 200 to 190 BC. This magnificent sculpture is carved from marble and stands at an imposing height of 328 cm (11 ft). Its genre is defined by its sculptural form. Presently, this celebrated artwork is housed at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it continues to captivate visitors with its dramatic presence.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a prominent Hellenistic sculpture that depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. The artwork captures a sense of movement and grace, with the goddess’s draped garments clinging to her body as if pressed by the ocean winds, suggesting she has just alighted upon the prow of a ship, commemorating a naval battle. Despite her head and arms being lost to antiquity, the sculpture’s dynamic posture, the exquisite rendering of her wings, and the intricate details of her clothing convey a powerful sense of life and victory. The sculpture’s placement upon a representation of a ship’s hull adds to its nautical association, anchoring it firmly within the narratives of sea triumphs so frequent in Greek history and mythology.

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