Found on Samothrace in the Aegean Sea, Winged Victory dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. It arrived at the Louvre in 118 pieces. I didn’t notice the cracks. All I saw was a beautiful headless figure with wings on the deck of a sailing ship in a huge gallery.
Set at the very top of a grand staircase, the statue is bathed in beautiful natural light shining down through high circular skylight windows.
As I was moving between exhibits, I got this glimpse of a room being set up for more works of art. It made me wonder how many works are just sitting somewhere in storage, waiting to be seen.
Like the British Museum, many exhibits at the Louvre are kept safely behind glass. I liked this kneeling woman who seems to be playing peek-a-boo with a mischievous smile.
One of the “can’t miss” exhibits highlighted on the visitor’s guide is the Seated Scribe, a statue discovered in Saqqara by French archaeologist Auguste Mariette on November 19, 1850. It’s been dated to the Fourth Dynasty, created sometime between 2613 and 2494 BC.
Looking at the statue on the left, I couldn’t help but think of Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. I fleetingly wondered if that’s where they got the inspiration.
There’s so much more to see at the Louvre. I feel like I barely scratched the surface in the six or so hours I managed to spend there. C’est la vie, there’s always next time!