Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the National Humanities Center
Stunning personification of triumph and icon of world art, the great Winged Victory (Nike) of Samothrace in the Louvre Museum has long captured the admiration and imagination of the world. While its modern setting is thrilling, the statue becomes all the more powerful in its ancient context in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace.
Recently, to mark the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Nike, and in conjunction with the Louvre’s conservation program, Bonna Wescoat and her team renewed investigations of the statue and its precinct in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. In her lecture, she shares results of their new research on the design, setting, and history of this extraordinary monument.