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Milo of Crotona Devoured by a Lion
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Milo of Crotona Devoured by a Lion


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Puget's marble version (9-feet-high, now in the Louvre, Paris), completed in 1682, was made for Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles. In 1688 a contract was signed for a smaller bronze reproduction. The Greek athlete Milo was famous for his strength, but once when he tried to tear a tree apart, his hand got stuck, and he was devoured by wild animals. If this composition had been designed to be cast in bronze, Puget would surely not have introduced the drapery which served as a structural support in the marble. This bronze was cast in parts (note the seams on Milo's thighs) and meticulously tooled with a punch in the mane and in Milo's beard.
Exhibitions
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • Déjà Vu? The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
Original: 1682; Cast: early 18th century
Medium
cast yellow bronze, dark brown lacquer patina
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.729
Measurements
H: 25 5/16 in. (64.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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