Louvre Museum to Begin Conservation Treatment of
the Winged Victory of Samothrace
Nippon Television Holdings, Inc. (NTVHD), principal benefactor of the great project to conserve the Winged Victory of Samothrace and its exhibition space, is honored to announce that the historically significant two-year undertaking is set to begin on September 10, 2013. The conservation treatment aims to clean the different types of marble used on the statue and the naval-shaped base, requiring the Winged Victory to be dismounted and moved to a neighboring room. The Daru staircase, which showcases the Winged Victory, will also be refurbished as part of the grand project that is scheduled for completion in 2015.
The Winged Victory was discovered in 1863 on the island of Samothrace, which lies in the northeast Aegean Sea. The statue was in fragments at the time of excavation and although it underwent reconstruction at the Louvre in 1880 and 1884, dirt and impurities have accumulated over the years, giving it a brownish shade. As such, various treatments to conserve the monument have become necessary.
Winged Victory of Samothrace (Louvre Museum)
© Victoire de Samothrace, Musée du Louvre
NTVHD’s support of the conservation treatment of the Winged Victory of Samothrace comes after our sponsorship of the renovation of the Mona Lisa Viewing Room (completed in 2005) and the restoration of the Hellenistic Art collection, which includes the Venus de Milo (completed in 2010), making us a contributor to all three of the Louvre’s masterpieces.
Moreover, we at NTVHD are further strengthening our partnership with the Louvre Museum and have entered an agreement last year to regularly hold large-scale art exhibitions in Japan, and refurbish the main buildings and exhibition spaces at the Louvre.
On the occasion of this unprecedented undertaking, the Louvre Museum is launching a donation campaign that calls upon the generosity of the public. Individuals can donate online through the Louvre’s website, which is also available in Japanese.
NTVHD has been actively supporting the preservation of world-renowned cultural heritages and masterpieces, including the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Going forward, NTVHD will continue to participate in projects that promote its corporate social responsibility mottos of “providing more opportunities to experience art and culture,” “promoting public welfare,” and “protecting our precious Earth.”
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Nippon Television Holdings, Inc.