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The Nike of Samothrace: movement and triumphal elegance

Victoria-samotracia-esculturaThe Nike of Samothrace, conserved in the Louvre Museum, it is of a precise date, it was sculpted to sound the troops of victory, and mounted on the front of a warship: this work was prepared as commemorate on the sea victory from Demetrio Piliorcetes over the fleet of Ptolomeo, in the waters from Chipre, in the year 306 Two influences dominated to that time in Greece: from Lisipo and they from the school from Scopas, to this last belongs the Nike of Samothrace. Because of the invincible zeal and the conquering energy; because of the vibration of life that was expressed in marble, because of the gaiety contrast between the agitating winding coat and the adhesion of the tunic on the body and the legs, is this statue the most beautiful expression of movement, the ancient art that has bequeathed to us. The sculptor did not only know how in the Nike of Samothrace, to transmit the muscular effort of the triumphal elegance, but also the intensity of the sea breeze, this breeze that SuUy-Prudhomme expressed by a subtle verse:

Un peu du grand zéphir qui souffle á Salamine...

Salomón Reinach (from his book APOLLO 1911)


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