Winged Victory of Samothrace

the Nike of Samothrace statue

Also known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, it was created in the 2nd century BC. However, it was not rediscovered until the 1860s.

discovery in the 19th century

On the 13th of April 1863, Charles Champoiseau uncovered a bust and the body of a colossal female statue carved from white marble, together with several feathers and drapery pieces on Samothrace Island.

DISCOVERY in the 19th century

The complete memorial was subsequently positioned from the front, on the higher landing of the Daru stairway, the Louvre gallery’s main grand staircase.

restorations: 20th century

When the Second World War was declared in September 1939, the Nike of Samothrace statue was dropped from its pedestal to be removed and hidden with the other wonders of the Louvre Museum.

restorations: 21st century

An American team digitized the whole sanctuary to enable 3D restoration. The structure is reconstructed on a contemporary base, a little distanced on the platform to enable visitor flow.

description of the statue

The statue, made of white Parian marble, shows Nike, a winged lady, landing on the bow of a vessel. Nike wears a long garment of a beautiful cloth with folded flaps and a belt beneath the breast. 

dating of the statue

Based on the writings of Benndorf, the Winged Victory of Samothrace was carved in the later years of the fourth century BC by a disciple of artist Scopas.

workshop and style of statue

Despite the fact that the alleged dedication inscription of a Rhodian’s name located at the Victory’s base was swiftly questioned due to its modest size, the whole monument was credited to the Rhodian sculptural school.