Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace


On the island of Samothrace, the wind whipped the clothing of this stone goddess of victory.

 

 

Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace, Lartos marble (ship) and Parian marble (figure), c. 190 B.C.E. 3.28 m high, Hellenistic Period (Musée du Louvre, Paris)



Additional resources

This sculpture at the Louvre

Explore the mysteries of the Winged Victory of Samothrace with this interactive from the Louvre

Kevin Clinton, et al. “The Nike of Samothrace: Setting the Record Straight,” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 124, no. 4 (2020), pp. 551–573

American Excavations at Samothrace from Emory University


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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace," in Smarthistory, January 28, 2021, accessed April 21, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/nike-winged-victory-of-samothrace/.