Winged Victory of Samothrace, Louvre
500BC-400AD-Ancient times Europe France

Winged Victory of Samothrace

May 11, 2021

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TypeStatue, Museum piece
Created190 BC
Other NamesNike of Samothrace
Where is displayedLouvre Museum
Daru Staircase – Denon wing – Level 1
The museum will reopen on May 19, 2021.
All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot.
Bookings can be done through the online ticketing service starting the afternoon of May 12, 2021.
17 E for Individual Visitor
Getting to
Metro: Louvre – Rivoli Station
LocationRue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France, Europe

Why is Winged Victory of Samothrace so famous?

Winged Victory of Samothrace is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory) created most probably around 190 BC in Ancient Greece. The sculptor is unknown but is considered to be a sculptur from Rhodes island.

Is considered one of the top three masterpieces of the Louvre.

The statue represents a woman staying on the prow of a ship. Probably was made to commemorate a naval victory.

Charles Champoiseau discovered the statue Winged Victory of Samothrace in April of 1863.

The Winged Goddess of Nike statue is positioned at the top of the beautiful Daru staircase at the Louvre watching from above the crowd of people climbing the stairs as in the past probably watched the waves of the sea from the height of a temple. Imagine how the wind is blowing her cling-wrap thin material and feel the power of her forward motion and sure-footedness.

Winged Victory’s right wing is not original, and was added by mirroring the left wing.

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