[Winged Victory of Samothrace, profile, The Louvre, Paris. Nikon D40, May, 2013.]
This Photo Friday I’m sharing two photos from our visit to the Louvre in May. I was completely enthralled by this 8-foot tall, 2nd-century B.C. marble statue of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.
The one, true and living God, Jehovah, delights in the craftsmanship that mirrors His creative power. Yet, that we use our genius to form objects of worship, after our own image, grieves HIm bitterly. May we always admire the beauty, the art, the skill, the imagination. But let us reserve our worship for the Giver of these gifts alone. In doing so we find our highest purpose, our deepest joy, and widest freedom.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them…–Exodus 20:4-5 (KJV)
2 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Winged Victory”
Wow! I had no idea that “Nike” was a Greek goddess. I had no idea that one of the biggest sports companies in America was named after a false god. That kind of bums me out.
Yes, and its not that uncommon: FTD florist uses Mercury as a logo. But, I guess these are mere symbols of an idea today, not objects of worship anymore.
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