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A model of a lion after one of the celebrated full-size 'Medici lions' in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

Plaster painted in imitation of bronze

Museum number: A52

Curatorial note

The celebrated Medici lions are first recorded a the Villa Medici in Rome in 1598 and have been in Florence since 1789. The one with its right paw on a ball, facing left, is ancient Roman (but extensively reworked by a 16th century sculptor). The other was carved (from a large Roman capital) as a pendant to it by the sculptor Flaminio Vacca.


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