The Louvre Asks the Public for Cash to Save Iconic Nike Sculpture

The Louvre Asks the Public for Cash to Save Iconic Nike Sculpture

For the fourth time, the Louvre is asking the public for cash to pay for conservation efforts, this time for the iconic Winged Victory of Samothrace (200 BCE). Also known as Nike of Samothrace, the sculpture of the Greek goddess was discovered in 1863 and has remained largely untouched since it was wheeled up the Daru staircase at the museum 20 years later (save for the time it was moved in 1939 to be protected during the war). Now, the museum is looking to raise €1 million through crowdfunding to ensure that the sculpture is around for at least another 150 years. They have raised that kind of money in past and then some for the conversation of "younger" sculptures, so we're sure that people will give large sums to protect this piece of history.

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[via TheArtNewspaper]

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