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winged victory of Samothrace

Victory (Nike) from Samothrace

Left the statue of Victory (Nike) from Samothrace, c.190 BC, in marble and over 3 metres high.

This statue is at the top of the stairs on the first floor of the Denon wing. Turn right at this statue for the Mona Lisa and Italian paintings.

Borghese Gladiator

Right right the Borghese Gladiator, c. 100BC, in marble 157 cm high. Originally the statue would have had a spear or javelin in his hand.


Borghese Gladiator
Cour Puget

Cours Puget and Marly and horses of Marly

Left and below are views of the Cours Puget and Marly. These hold French sculptures and have been roofed over making them a very popular, bright and airy place to rest. They are also very popular with drawing classes.

Here you can find the Horses of Marly, three of which can be seen in the photograph below. Louis XIV commissioned Antoine Coysevox to make two (the pair with wings) sculptures for his Sun Pavilion at Marly, and the other two were commissioned from Guillame Coustou 40 years later by Louis XV, these are known as the dancing horses. Previously they were previously located in Place de la Concorde in the 8th.


Cour Marly
virgin and child in ivory

Virgin and Child

The Virgin and child left is small and carved out of ivory. It is thought that the natural curve of the elephant's tusk is echoed in the graceful curve of the pose. The artist is unknown, and the statuette dates from around 1275.

Aphrodite of Melos, Venus de Milo

On the right Aphrodite of Melos, also known as the Venus de Milo, by Alexandros of Antioch c. 130-100 BC, in marble.

It was discovered by a peasant farmer on the Greek island of Melos in 1820. Taken by the French ambassador to Paris and presented to Louis XVII. He put it in the Louvre, and it has been there ever since.

Venu de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch, c. 130-100 BC
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