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Doorknocker in the Shape of a Demon Riding a Dragon
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Doorknocker in the Shape of a Demon Riding a Dragon


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Description A gleeful demon with the head of a satyr grasps the horns of a bull-headed dragon. This is a witty response to the ancient Roman taste for giving everyday bronze objects shapes that combine legendary creatures and exaggerated real animals and people. It was in university circles in Padua and in Riccio's workshop that a fascination with creating new interpretations of such monsters developed.
Exhibitions
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance A. Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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Period
1500-1525 (Renaissance)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1
Measurements
9 13/16 in. (25 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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