Winged Victory

  • Daniel Chester French, Winged Victory, modeled 1921, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Cass Gilbert, Jr., 1973.166

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Winged Victory is one of several bronzes that Daniel Chester French had cast from a maquette, a smaller model usually made of wax or clay. Near the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, a three-foot version sits atop a column commemorating American soldiers who fought in World War I. French based the sculpture on classical images of Nike, the goddess of victory. Her upraised hands holding a flag pay tribute to the men who sacrificed their lives to liberate Europe.

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Winged Victory
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Date
modeled 1921
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Dimensions
21 5/8 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (54.9 x 26.6 x 25.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Cass Gilbert, Jr.

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Keywords
  • Object – other – flag
  • Allegory – other – triumph
  • Fantasy – winged being
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1973.166
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