When Charles Champoiseau discovered the Winged goddess of victory on the island of Samothrace, inside a temple back in 1863, he knew he had found a masterpiece. 

 

 

The Louvre

The Louvre

 

Today it is still one of the most admired sculptures around the world, and it has since its discovery gone under many conservation and restoration treatments. Now, this July, it was once again unveiled after a year of work. 

 

 

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

 

This magnificent piece was first offered to the great gods of Samothrace after a naval victory, and “The Winged Victory of Samothrace: Rediscovering a Masterpiece” begins at the start – going back to where it was found to understand it better.

 

 

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

 

While the piece is part of the permanent collection, this particular exhibition that focuses on the history behind will be on until the 9th ofNovember, and should not be missed. 


What do you think of this monumental statue of the winged goddess of victory ? Do you find the history behind a work of art interesting? Let us know in the comments below! And remember to check out our website to learn more about portuguese contemporary art – or better yet: pay us a visit in LisbonOporto or Algarve.

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