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The Winged Victory The Original Female Icon In many regions of the Mediterranean world during first century BC art began to take on a new design Before the coming of the Romans and the conquests of Alexander the Great the art of the ancient Greeks was taken to a whole new level The often used classical ideas which always consisted of rationality order and harmony was abandoned for a more dramatic intense human creation Artists and sculptors of this time period also called the Hellenistic Era established that although they could sculpt gods and heroes they also could create your normal every day human too The way a viewer of Greek art could tell whether it was classical or Hellenistic was if it displayed emotionmotion or not The most famous and considered the finest Hellenistic Greek sculpture Nike of Samothrace represents the Greek passion for beauty strength and power I instantly became attracted to this very beautiful piece of artwork because of its sense of power and movement Page 2 Nike was created by a Rhodian sculptor between 220 and 190 BC Nike was discovered on the Aegean island of Samothrace in 1863 and immediately sent to the Louvre Museum in Paris where it is displayed on the landing of the Daru Staircase The goddess Nike was originally placed upon the front of a ship in order to award victory in battle I can tell by the way the draperies are intensely wrapped around her body that the artist wanted the viewer to feel her struggle against the sea In fact Nike has been called a Hellenistic masterpiece because of this certain feeling of movement It is also one of the very few sculptures with wings that have caught my eye because most wings are not equipped with such astonishing size and detail The Nike of Samothrace or The Winged Victory is the goddess of victory in Greek Mythology I feel that
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