Victory of Samothrace

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Famous larger-than-life Greek marble statue (Louvre, Paris) showing winged Victory (Nike) alighting on the bows of a galley. The figure, discovered on the Greek island of Samothrace in 1863, is lithely outstretched and draped with magnificent swirls. It was erected around 200 bc above a rocky pool, presumably to commemorate a victory in a sea battle; it showed its best view obliquely and from below, and now is appropriately and dramatically placed at the top of the main staircase in the Louvre.

Subjects: Art.

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