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"The Winged Victory of Samothrace: rediscover a masterpiece" at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

"The Winged Victory of Samothrace: rediscover a masterpiece" at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Victoire de Samothrace © musée du Louvre, Philippe Fuzeau. Courtesy of Musée du Louvre

Following a year of restoration work, the silhouette of one of the most famous monuments in the Louvre becomes available to visitors once again.

Offered to the gods of Samothrace following a naval triumph, the Winged Victory of Samothrace comprises of a winged goddess – the messenger of victory – and is made up of a prow-shaped base in the image of a boat, posed upon a low stone plinth, having been discovered in 1863 in the Samothrace sanctuary, north of the Aegean Sea. Since its arrival at the Louvre, this monument has constantly evolved through restorations that permit us a better understanding of the sculpture. Its latest renovation highlights the splendour of shades of marble and, for the first time, allows us to study the fragments of the arms and the right wing, which until now have been kept in storage. Until 15th June. www.louvre.fr

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