Winged Victory of Samothrace

How many of us are traveling the world virtually through “memory” photos from our phones or re-reading notebooks of places visited in the past? I’ve begun recreating recipes from favorite countries just to keep my creative spirits flowing. The other day I happened upon an article from My Modern Met entitled This Armless Sculpture Is One of the Louvre’s Most Treasured Masterpieces by Kelly Richman-Abdou.

Reading the piece reminded me of my first trip to Paris after learning of the Nike of Samothrace [as she is sometimes called] in a college art history class. I was enthralled by the beauty of the sculpture, as the wet and windblown drapery clings to her body, and being a winged figure, Nike triumphantly steps toward the front of a ship.

This photo from the Louvre appeared in my iPhone memory since, we were in Paris last January. Amidst the protest and holiday crowds each of us knew this was to be our last trip due to rising numbers of the pandemic so, we made every second count and stayed true to the itineraries we crafted.

We had timed tickets for our first day to the Louvre last year, and the workers promptly closed the museum due to strikes. So, reworking the itinerary we headed to the Left Bank of the Seine to the Musée d’Orsay to see the Edgar Degas Exhibition.

When we finally made our way back to the Louvre it was great to spend time with the Winged Victory Of Samothrace, which remains one of the most celebrated sculptures in the art world. She has inspired many artists including Surrealist Salvador Dali for his Double Nike de Samothrace [1973] and Futurist Umberto Boccioni for Unique Forms of Continuity in Space [1913].

These interpretations will never compare or capture the spirit of this Hellenistic creation.

Happy New Year,
Kathleen

Last Chance to Visit the NGA

We are eight months into this pandemic and life continues to become more unnerving each day. As an educator visiting art galleries has become an important diversion for those of us who must have a weekly dose of paintings, sculptures, and music to stay focused and centered.

I couldn’t believe an email I received this afternoon indicating the National Gallery of Art will be closing [again] to the public on Saturday, November 21 out of caution and the response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region, which I totally understand and agree with wholeheartedly.

I’m so looking forward to 2021 with hopes the new year will bring the opportunity to start anew. Luckily, a few of us were able to visit the National Gallery in October, and took photos to peruse until we can once again return.

1} Place du Carrousel, Paris by Camille Pissarro, oil of canvas, 1900 2} The Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 1899 3} Boulevard des Italiens, Morning, Sunlight by Camille Pissarro, oil on canvas, 1897 4} Masked Ball at the Opera by Edouard Manet, oil on canvas, 1873 5} Fruit, Jug, and a Glass by Jean Simeon Chardin, oil on canvas, 1726/1728.

Check out the link to the National Gallery of Art Blog

Stay safe and enjoy,
Kathleen