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A winged woman with no head lifts up her foot and reaches down to adjust her sandal. Her thin clothing clings to her skin in folds.

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Nike Tying Her Sandal

Artist: Kallimachos
Date: 421-413 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 35 x 24.5 x 3.5 in. (88.9 x 62.23 x 8.89 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: Plaster cast after marble original in the Acropolis Museum, Athens Cast
Credit Line: Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010
Accession Number: 2010.02.08
On View: Bellarmine Hall Cast Corridor

Here Nike, or the personification of victory, is shown balancing on her left foot so that she may raise her right foot to adjust her sandal. Though treating a disarmingly simple subject, the sculptor’s dramatic use of drapery – both on Nike’s chiton, with its buttoned sleeves, and the mantle that crosses her right thigh before rising to cover her left shoulder – conveys a sense of impressive energy and monumental grandeur. Indeed, the voluminous fabric, under the artist’s skillful chisel, has assumed an architectural quality; one that seems to help Nike maintain her balance.

This cast was taken from the marble original now in the Acropolics Museum in Athens.


Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut, Gifts from Athens: New Plaster Casts from the Acropolis Museum and Photographs by Socratis Mavrommatis, November 2- December 17, 2021


First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens (now called the Acropolis Restoration Project ); gift 2010 to the Fairfield University Art Musuem (now called the Fairfield University Art Museum).


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Athenian Acropolis
An ancient citadel located in the city of Athens containing the remains of several ancient buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike.
High Classical
Refers to the middle phase of the Greek Classical period and style, from around 450 BCE to around 400 BCE. In sculpture it is characterized by the complete mastery of the ideal human form, represented in balanced, subtle movement and with drapery that clings to the body to reveal the form beneath. In vase painting, it is characterized by an increased refinement and variety of human forms and facial expressions. In architecture it is characterized by a lightening of proportions and a refinement of earlier established orders.
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An ancient Greek deity who was the personification of the idea of victory in athletic competition. She was believed to be the daughter of the Titan Pallas and Styx, and sister of Kratos, Zelos, and Bia.
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