Winged Victory of Samothrace
Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace also known as Nike of Samothrace is a sculpture honoring the Greek goddess of Victory, Nike. (The goddess of strength, speed, and victory. )

Being fond of Greek history and mythology I am grateful that through such I am able to view part of what the glorious city once was. It’s really unfortunate that only the remains are what we are to able to see now. This piece for example, estimated to have been created in 190 BC, though it has lost its head and arms shows how artists of the Hellenistic era execute precisely form and movement in their art.

As many of the Greek sculptures, parts are removable for easy transport but it makes losing the parts as easy too. The sculpture stands above the platform of the Daru Staircase, a perfect spot for visitors to view this grand work of art.

Daru Staircase, Louvre Winged Victory
Daru Staircase, Louvre

*The shoe and sports equipment company Nike, Inc. is named after her.