Lion Crushing a Serpent

  • Antoine-Louis Barye, Lion Crushing a Serpent, ca. 1830s, cast bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Olin Dows, 1983.90.203

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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].

Title
Lion Crushing a Serpent
Artist
Date
ca. 1830s
On View
Dimensions
7 x 8 x 3 3/4 in. (17.8 x 20.3 x 9.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Olin Dows

Mediums
Mediums Description
cast bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Animal – lion
Object Number
1983.90.203
Palette
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