Favorite Greek Statue:
Nike of Samothrace – Best Sculpture Ever
The Winged Victory of Samothrace stands 9 ft tall, not including the marble prow of a ship she is standing on. She was sculpted around 200-190 BCE, aka the Hellenistic period. She heralds a victorious naval battle. The creator is unknown. Her drapery is blowing across her body in the same direction that the actual wind would have been blowing in the sanctuary she was built to stand in.
Why do we care about Hellenistic art? Because it spans the death of Alexander the Great to the beginning of the ancient Roman Empire. Alexander was arguably the most successful military leader in history — he was bisexual and conquered Syria, Egypt, and marched through the Khyber Pass.
Nike, or Victory is still most beautiful Greek sculpture
Only in Hellenistic style does the sculpture respond to the physical environment surrounding it. Venus de Milo and Laocoön and His Sons are from this period, but don’t compare. This Victory epitomizes the drapery, atmosphere, anatomical correctness and movement. Despite her significant damage and age she continuously inspires. Nike’s head and arms have never been found. But she is still wiping out the competition.