Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Nike tes Samothrakes

Winged Victory
graphite on paper

I decided to do some sketches of my favorite classical sculpture - the winged Victory of Samothrace, a Hellenistic depiction of Nike (now residing at the Louvre). The sculptor depicted her, garments billowing, just as she touched down on the prow of a ship, and she was placed overlooking the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace. I imagine her right arm was originally raised with a wreath for the victor, and her left hand probably held a feather.

I wish I could do her justice - she's so impressive in person. I want to play with the scale and composition a bit and try to translate that "impressiveness" onto canvas.

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