Bonna Wescoat, Emory University, Director of Samothrace Excavations
Discovered by the French in 1863 and taken to the Louvre, the Winged Victory has recently undergone a new restoration in collaboration with Prof. Wescoat. Come find out how a small bit of marble plumage found by the Americans was rejoined to her wings and other exciting new discoveries about this iconic victory monument.
Bonna has been recognized for finding a piece of the Winged Victory -- a feather. Stunning personification of triumph and icon of world art, the great Winged Victory (Nike) of Samothrace took pride of place at the highest point in the Sanctuary of the Gods. While the brilliance of the statue, which now graces the Daru Staircase in the Louvre, remains uncontested, many key aspects of this world icon remain an enigma.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Winged Victory and in conjunction with the Louvre's program to conserve the statue, the American team renewed investigation of the Nike and her precinct in the sanctuary. Bonna will share the exciting new results of research on the design, setting and history of this extraordinary monument.