Description First exhibited as a plaster cast at the Paris Salon of 1833, Lion and Serpent may be regarded as one of Barye's most significant masterpieces. In showing an animal subject rather than a figurative work, Barye broke with prevailing academic conventions. King Louis-Philippe commissioned a bronze cast of the statue and had it placed in the gardens in front of the Tuileries Palace. The sculpture was subsequently reworked and cast in various sizes.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
- Parallels and Precedents: Baltimore's George A. Lucas Collection. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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