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Lion Crushing a Serpent

ca. 1830s Antoine-Louis Barye Born: Paris, France 1796 Died: Paris, France 1875 cast bronze 7 x 8 x 3 3/4 in. (17.8 x 20.3 x 9.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Olin Dows 1983.90.203 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


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Antoine-Louis Barye created a life-size plaster cast of Lion écrasant un Serpent for the 1833 Paris Salon. The government commissioned a replica to place in the garden of the Tuileries, which caused a member of the Academy to comment: “Are the Gardens . . . to become a Menagerie?” This piece was one of Barye’s most popular animal sculptures, and he offered reproductions in two different sizes [see 1983.90.202].

Keywords

Animal - lion

Animal - reptile - snake

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Antoine-Louis Barye

Born: Paris, France 1796 Died: Paris, France 1875

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