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"Nike of Samothrace"

190 BCE

Why is it canonical?

A central fixture at the Louvre in Paris, this statue has long served as inspiration to visitors of that museum. The statue relies on an innovative variant of contrapposto in which neither leg holds the body's full weight. The draping of the garment and the wings give a unique lightness to the sculpture.

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The Winged Victory of Samothrace

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Khan Academy video on the Nike of Samothrace

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