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Winged Victory of Samothrace
The winged victory of Samothrace is the English name for the Greek goddess Nike, which French archaeologists Charles Champoiseau found in Samothrace Island in 1863. It is currently in the Louvre museum in Paris. it stands 18 feet tall and is made of marble while it lacks a head and arms, It is considered to be one of the greatest surviving masterpieces of Greek sculpture. The artist is unknown and it is thought do you date back to around 190 BC during the Hellenistic period. part of the inscription that can be found under the statute contains the word “Rhodhios” (Rhodes) which shows that the statue was to celebrate the victory of the Navy a Rhodes, the most powerful more time country in the Aegean. The statue has been described as a symbol of victory for the Greeks.
The sculpture stands at about 18 feet tall and depicts the Greek goddess Nike, the goddess of victory. Her wet, wind-blown, clothing clings to her body.She is stepping towards the front of a ship leading historians to believe she was created to commemorate a successful naval battle. Believed to have had a fountain attached. The statues reflection on the water creates a sense of movement and a lightness from the deep carving and change of light. Water would hit the marble giving the sense of being on the shore. In Greek Mythology, Nike was the goddess of speed, strength and victory. Sometimes known as the winged goddess Nike is most often pictured as having wings. Ancient Greeks worshiped Nike because...