The statue of Nike from Samothrace

I do not feel very competent in the sculpture art, although I like many sculptures of Michelangelo and other Italians, and of course I like the works of Auguste Rodin.

The statue of the goddess Nike from Samothrace was the first sculpture that impressed me so much in my life. I saw her exposed in the Louvre museum about 10 years ago, but my impressions were so strong that I can still see her clearly with my eyes closed.

Nike is the ancient goddess of victory.

The statue was found on the island of Samothrace in 1863 by the French consul in Adrianopolis and amateur archaeologist Charles Champoiseau. It is 244 cm high and is made of marble. Nike was found without a head and with no hands. For better conservation and preservation it was carried in France, and from 1884 year is stored in the Louvre museum in Paris. Now it is the dominant exponent on the Daru staircase.

The creation of the statue is dated around 250 BC or as late as 180 BC.

The assumptions are that it was made in honour of victory in a naval battle of the Macedonian general Demetrius Poliocetes. Some archaeologists think that the creator of the statue is the sculptor Pythocritus from Rhodes.

Legends about the subtlety and perfection of art in ancient Greece are still alive.

Although its traditions and techniques have been brought to ancient Rome, it is believed that the ancient Greek art remains perfect and unsurpassed. The statue of the goddess Nike of Samothrace is a conclusive proof of that.

Look at the grace in her posture. How softly draped is her garment. It’s amazing that it’s made of marble, isn’t it?

Her wings are confidently dissolved, with delicately ornamented feathers on them. Is she flying away in the sky inspired, or is she descending tired from above?

It’s amazing how expressive her figure is, even with no hands and no head. We can only imagine how beautiful and impressive she was in her original form.

You can see pictures of the statue at the Louvre museum web site.

From the heart I wish you to see it on your own.