Winged Victory of Samothrace
In 1863, Charles Champoiseau, French consul to Adrianople (modern Edirne), discovered the famous Winged Victory (Nike) while visiting Samothrace. The statue now crowns the landing of the Daru staircase in the Musée du Louvre. To see a fascinating multimedia presentation of this famous statue, visit the Louvre’s A Closer Look at the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
The Winged Victory underwent an extensive conservation treatment in 2013-2014. To read more about the statue’s cleaning and exhibition at the Louvre, visit the museum’s webpage, The Conservation Treatment of the Winged Victory of Samothrace and its Monumental Staircase. For new images of the restored statue redisplayed in July of 2014, see