Who Made It?
This artwork was created by an unknown Greek artist in the years during 200-190 B.C.E.
Where is the REAL One?
The real sculpture can be seen at The Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Why Is It Important?
Winged Victory was discovered by archeologists in 1863 in the Great Temple of Samothrace, a building dedicated to the great Greek gods during ancient times. The statue is 8 feet high and was created to not only honor the goddess of victory, Nike, but also to honor a sea battle as well. Unfortunately, the statue was discovered very damaged, but is it believed that before she lost her arms, which have never been found, Nike's right arm was probably raised, cupping her hand around her mouth, shouting in victory. The statue is also missing the head. Winged Victory is an excellent example of action in sculpture, as well as flowing drapery which the ancient Greeks considered very beautiful in sculpture. It is especially noteworthy because of its convincing pose where fast, aggressive motion meets sudden stillness, for its graceful balance and because the figure's draped garments are convincingly carved as if rippling in a strong sea breeze near the oceanfront monument where it was originally displayed, thousands of years ago.