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Statue of Nike by Paionios - Olympia, Greece

Statue of Nike by Paionios - Olympia, Greece


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Statue of Nike by Paionios - Olympia, Greece

Reconstruction of a Statue of Nike (Goddess of Victory), originally by Paionios - Olympia, Greece (425420 BC). The statue originally stood near the temple of Zeus on a triangular 6-metre high pillar. Date: circa 1920s

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This print showcases a stunning reconstruction of the ancient Greek statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory, created by the renowned sculptor Paionios in Olympia, Greece around 425-420 BC. Originally standing near the Temple of Zeus on a triangular pillar, the statue measured approximately 6 meters in height. Nike, depicted as a winged deity, is shown in mid-flight, her body in a graceful and dynamic pose, her wings outstretched behind her. The goddess wears a chiton, a simple draped tunic, and a himation, a cloak that is billowing in the wind, revealing the intricate folds and drapery that characterize the mastery of ancient Greek sculpture. The statue is carved from Parian marble, a high-quality white marble from the island of Paros, which has been prized for its beauty and durability since ancient times. The statue's wings are delicately modeled, with veins and feathers carefully defined, giving the illusion of movement and life. Nike's body is lean and athletic, with a sense of tension and energy that conveys the excitement and triumph of victory. The goddess holds a palm leaf in her raised right hand, symbolizing the crown of victory, while her left hand is extended in a gesture of bestowal, as if offering a reward or blessing to the victor. This print is a testament to the enduring beauty and artistic mastery of ancient Greek sculpture, and serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that continues to inspire and captivate us today. Circa 1920s.

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