Spotlight Artwork: Nike of Samothrace

Unknown sculptor Greece, ca. 190 BCE Marble, approx. 8’ 1” high Louvre, Paris. Art Code: "Say something." Synopsis The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace,[2] is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory), that was created about the 2nd century BC. Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. H.W. Janson described it as "the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture",[1] and it is one of a small number of major Hellenistic statues surviving in the original, rather than Roman copies. The context of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, discovered in 1863, is contro

Spotlight Artist: Polykleitos

Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) Roman copy of the bronze original by Polykleitos ca. 450 - 440 BCE (CLASSICAL) 6’ 11” high Marble Art Code: "There is value in the work." Synopsis The Doryphoros Classical Greek "Spear-Bearer" of Polykleitos is one of the best known Greek sculptures of classical antiquity, depicting a solidly built, muscular, standing warrior, originally bearing a spear balanced on his left shoulder. Rendered somewhat above life-size, the lost bronze original of the work would have been cast circa 440 BCE,[1] but it is today known only from later (mainly Roman period) marble copies. The work nonetheless forms an important early example of both Classical Greek contrapposto and clas

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