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The emblematic sculpture Nike of Samothrace, one of the most famous sculpture in the world, belongs to the Louvre and went under a total renovation in 2014.
After nearly a year of conservation treatment, the monumental statue of the winged goddess of victory revealed splendid colors of the marble and gives a new insight into the way the statue was presented.
Discovered in 1863 by Charles Champoiseau in a temple on the island of Samothrace in the northern Aegean Sea, the statue was standing in the prow of a ship set on a low plinth and offered to the great gods of Samothrace following a naval victory.
The exhibition displays informations on the successive excavations by French, Austrian, and American teams—some of whose discoveries are highlighted here—have dotted the long path of experts’ attempts to understand the complexity of the creative process behind the artwork. Old photographs and plaster casts document the main stages of the statue’s conservation and display in the Louvre in 1866, 1883, and 1934.