The statue of the winged goddess Niki is considered the most famous masterpiece of Greek art. It was discovered in the spring of 1863 on the island of Samothrace. Moved to the capital of France, and twenty years later installed on the stairs leading to the Louvre. Until now, people from different countries can admire the work of an unknown sculptor. Although the marble statue has no head and arms, its historical value is undeniable.
There is a version that the masterpiece was created in 220-190 BC by order of Demetrius I Poliorket commander from Macedonia, when the victory was won in Cyprus. At the very base there is an inscription that is almost obliterated, but can be read. It says the word "Rhodes", glorifying naval victory.
Nika is on a rostral pedestal, which is made of gray Parosian marble. Looking at the figure of the Greek goddess, you can imagine how she descends from the heights of heaven to the sailors.
In her raised right hand she had a wreath or a hearth, it is impossible to determine exactly. The wings behind Nika’s back are located symmetrically, although only a small part remains from the left. Some parts of the statue were sometimes found, for example, a hand in 1950 was discovered in Samothrace, but the head and other parts of the hands have not been found so far.
The Greek goddess represents harmony and perfection. The movements of the figure are carved from marble so naturally that the wind can immediately be seen at sea, and clothes develop from this. After some time, Nick of Samothrace was made a cultural icon.
Many museums in the world have copies of this statue. There is a well-known one that faces a casino in Las Vegas. On the hood of a Rolls-Royce car is a figure similar to Nika. The first football cup in 1930 had the same shape. She is loved by many artists and art historians. For example, Frank Wright often installed the image of the Greek goddess on the finished structures.
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