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Bronze "Winged Victory"

REF ZB002221 EAN 3336728665878

 Bronze "Winged Victory"

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Bronze "Winged Victory"

The goddess of Victory, a winged woman, stood at the bow of a ship on the island of Samothrace, overlooking the sanctuary of the Great Gods. This monument is probably an ex-voto offered by the Rhodians to commemorate a naval victory won in the early second century BC. In this Hellenistic work, the theatricality of the attitude, the vigor of the movement and the bubbling drape mingle with the classical references and prelude to the art of sculptors of Pergamum.

It is in 1863 that Charles Champoiseau, vice-consul of France in Adrianople (Turkey), exhumes this exceptional monument in Samothrace, small island located in the northeast of the Aegean Sea. The goddess of Victory (Nikè in Greek) appears as a winged woman standing on the bow of a ship, resisting the onslaught of the wind that torments her garment. With her right hand in a form of bullhorn, she announced the event for which she had been dedicated.

Cette œuvre colossale était présentée dans un écrin de roche creusé dans la colline, un édifice qui surplombait le théâtre du sanctuaire des Grands Dieux. Cette niche abritait peut-être un bassin alimenté en eau dans lequel le bateau dit naviguer. La disposition de la statue privilégie la vue de trois quarts de gauche, ce qui explique la disparité du travail de sculpture, beaucoup plus sommaire sur le côté droit du corps. Cette mise en scène très théâtrale concourait à renforcer la réalité de l'image en ajoutant à la monumentalité de la déesse, à l'envergure de ses ailes déployées et à l'élan de son corps, projeté vers l'avant.

  • Patinated reproduction. Mold made from an imprint of the original work exhibited at the Louvre. *
Dimensions
H. 18 cm (7,09"); L. 10 cm (3,94"); D.11 cm (4,33")
Weight
0,300 kg (0,66 lbs)
Material
Bronze
Origin
Samothrace island, Temple complex, discovered in 1863
Material of the original
Parian marble
Period
Early 2nd century BC, Rhodian Art, Hellenistic period
Museum
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Themes
Woman, Greece, Religion, Sculpture
Material
Bronze
Art movement
Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
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