Seated Lion

  • Antoine-Louis Barye, Seated Lion, ca. 1830s, cast bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Olin Dows, 1983.90.204

Luce Center Label

Seated Lion is a sketch model of a statue for the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Antoine-Louis Barye had extremely high standards and usually cast, chiseled, and patinated all of his own pieces. The government decided to sand-cast the full-size Lion assis, however, because this was a cheaper method. The sculpture was later moved to the Louvre, and a mechanically reversed reproduction was made so that the two lions could flank the museum’s entrance.

Luce Object Quote

“This larval lion, a living spectre, had something fantastic and powerfully imposing about it.” Emmanuel Frémiet, 1846, quoted in Stuart Pivar, The Barye Bronzes, 1974

Title
Seated Lion
Artist
Date
ca. 1830s
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 x 3 x 6 1/4 in. (17.8 x 7.6 x 15.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Olin Dows

Mediums
Mediums Description
cast bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – lion
Object Number
1983.90.204
Palette
Linked Open Data
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