Nike Tying Her Sandal (Sandalbinder)
5th century BCE
35 x 24.5 x 3.5 in. (88.9 x 62.23 x 8.89 cm)
Medium and Support:
PlasterPlaster cast from marble original in the Acropolis Museum, Athens Cast
Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010
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.