Similar traits can be seen in the Laocoön group which is a reworked copy of a lost original that was likely close both in time and place of origin to Nike, but while Laocoon, vastly admired by Renaissance and classicist artists, has come to be seen The statue’s outstretched right wing is a symmetric plaster version of the original left one.
After 1884, the statue was positioned where it would visually dominate the Daru staircase.
Since 1883, the marble figure has been displayed in the Louvre, while a plaster replica stands in the museum at the original location of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace.
In the autumn of 1939, the Winged Victory was removed from her perch in anticipation of the outbreak of World War II. Artwork and objects were packed for removal to locations deemed more safe outside Paris for safekeeping In 2013 a restoration effort was launched to improve the appearance of the sculpture.
It was created not only to honor the goddess, Nike, but also to honor a sea battle.
It conveys a sense of action and triumph as well as portraying artful flowing drapery, as though the goddess were descending to alight upon the prow of a ship.