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La Victoire de Samothrace the exhibition at the Louvre Museum
From 05 March 2015 to 15 June 2015
Almost a year of restoration have enabled remarkable discoveries about the design and decor of this masterpiece of the Hellenistic period. The exhibition "Samothrace Victory- rediscover a masterpiece"will go back to the history of the monument since its early discovery in 1863 and reflect the work of the restorers and teams of the museum.
The monument of the Samothrace Victory, consisting of a winged goddess statue - the messenger of Victory - and a prow-shaped base placed on a pedestal bottom, was discovered in 1863 by Charles Champoiseau in the sanctuary of the island of Samothrace north of the Aegean Sea. The monument is then sent to the Louvre to have its first restorations and be exposed differently.
The exhibition Samothrace Victory-rediscover a masterpiece, discusses the history of this monument by going back to its place of origin, the Great Gods sanctuary on the island of Samothrace. The different stages of international excavations that will succeed it from the mid-nineteenth century, and whose exhibition presents the most significant discoveries show the successive assumptions made by scholars of each era to try to solve the mystery the establishment of the monument by its awesome creator.
Since arriving at the Louvre, the monument is constantly evolved to different stages of recovery-particularly those of 1866 and 1883-, allowing better understand to the monument and improving its presentation.
The great restoration of 2013 -2014 has revealed the splendor of the colors of marble and identified new information about the design and decor of the building, richly detailed as part of this exhibition. The public will also discover for the first time fragments of the right arm and the right wing, so far kept in reserve.
Guests staying at Hotel Cambon will be at a walking distance from the Louvre Museum to assist this significant exhbition.