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Rearing Lion

Date mid-17th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique bronze

20 × 24 × 11.5 cm, 3 kg
with base: 33.3 × 28 × 13 cm

Inventory number 5317
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is on view at the permanent exhibition

The Budapest bronze statuette was originally a part of a group depicting a lion attacking a horse. Only the lion has survived. Caspar Gras, a sculptor working at the Innsbruck court of the Habsburgs, modelled his statuette on the lions featuring on fifteenth-century Florentine templates and engravings. He then enhanced the Italianising effect by giving the small bronze a golden-brown patina typical of Florentine art. He may well have learnt the technique by observing the procedure applied to the bronzes of the Habsburg family collection.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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