Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Winged Victory



Nike of Samothrace, Greek Hellenistic period (220-190 BC) The Louvre, Paris.

It is thought that this work was originally created to celebrate a naval victory. The dramatically flowing drapery on the figure as well as the wings lend credence to the idea that it was in honor of a naval battle for she stands in the prow of a ship.

4 comments:

slatts said...

She's worth losing your head over!

jmchez said...

Cough, cough. Although you can make out her "navel" , I think that she is celebrating a "naval" victory.

She is definetely not selling running shoes.

Martha said...

You are correct, sir.

Anonymous said...

The absolute GENIUS in this piece is that 1) It is beautiful and sensitive in that the details of skin, fabric, feather, wind and water effects — all the textures and environmental factors are incredibly illustrated (in stone mind you) and 2) It has the bold presence and power of a monolithic icon. It is so rare that you can combine these two with such success. Another such work of art is the Laco├Ân - which was hailed by Michaelangelo as his personal inspiration. The height of realistic sculpture was reached by the Hellinistic sculptors of Greece and anything following this period was simply an attempt at recreation. —ZAC

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