The conservation treatment of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Greek sculptural masterpiece housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and its exhibition space, is currently taking place.
The statue is also called Nike in Greek, meaning the messenger goddess Victory. She was constructed in the 2nd century B.C. and was discovered on the island of Samothrace in the Aegean Sea. By capturing the exact moment of the Goddess landing on the prow of the ship, with her wings still widely spread, the creator of this magnificent monument truly grips the hearts of those who see her with her strength and beauty.
Although it is unfortunate that visitors to the Louvre from all over the world will not be able to view this masterpiece during the restoration, she will reappear next spring, after the cleaning of the Paros marble (from which the statue is made) is complete.
In addition, the Daru staircase, which showcases the Winged Victory, is known to be the most effective setting to dramatize the encounter. A visitor’s first sighting of the Winged Victory will likely be from the bottom of the Daru staircase, looking up to her at the top. Climbing the stairs one step at a time, the visitor approaches the goddess — a truly magical experience!
The great project to conserve the Winged Victory and its entire exhibition space will be completed in 2015, according to the Louvre’s plans.For more details, please check the special Louvre website dedicated to the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the restoration project.The Louvre also invites individual donors to support the project. Details can be found on the same website.
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