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HD photographs of Lion au Serpent statue in Jardin des Tuileries - Page 634

We were again within the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue called Lion au Serpent, which was sculpted by Antoine-Louis Barye.

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Lion Au Serpent Statue In Jardin Des Tuileries

This first HD photo shows the Lion au Serpent statue, which in English translates to the Lion and Snake, which as you can no doubt tell, is a very realist sculpture of a lion that has captured a snake under its paw.

Lion Au Serpent Statue By Antoine-Louis Barye

So this next close up photograph shows the front view of the Lion au Serpent statue with its claws spread wide over the curled up snake, and if you look carefully, you can see the name Barye inscribed on the left hand side of the base.

Lions Head Of The Lion Au Serpent Statue

As you can see in this close image, due to the extremely naturalistic rendering of the lion as though it is roaring and the violence of the struggle depicted with the snake hissing, this sculpture caused a major controversy as to whether this should be installed within the Jardin des Tuileries, as it was more fitting for the Jardin des Plantes.

Back View Of The Lion Au Serpent Statue

However, this statue was designed to be a symbol of the Monarchy, as after the July Monarchy of 1830 when King Louis Philippe I had ascended to the throne, there was much discontent with the regime, so the artist Antoine-Louis Barye, sculpted this as his approval of the political change.

Front View Of The Lion Au Serpent Statue

So the accession to the throne of King Louis Philippe took place under the constellations of Leo, the lion and Hydra, the sea serpent, which is why this French sculptor decided to depict both of these animals together symbolising celestial approval as well.

Antoine-Louis Barye Statue Lion And Snake

Originally made of bronze between 1832 and 1833 the statue of the Lion and Snake was still placed within the Tuileries Gardens, yet many years later after the death of the sculptor, the bronze was put inside the Musee du Louvre and the outside sculpture was replaced with an exact moulding, so as to preserve the original.

Lion Au Serpent Statue On Stone Pedestal

Now the Lion au Serpent statue was placed on the terrace within the Jardin des Tuileries called the Terrace du Bord de l'Eau, which was originally designed by Andre Le Notre to provide a view over the River Seine for the royal family who lived at the former Palais des Tuileries that has since been destroyed.

Jardin Des Tuileries Statue Lion Au Serpent

Yet this view showing the back of the statue is looking towards the Tuileries Gardens with the River Seine behind us, and this sculpture is also located right by the Orangery that would be to the left of the image, which is now the Musee de l'Orangerie that houses the Water Lillies paintings by Claude Monet.

Lion And Snake Statue In Jardin Des Tuileries

So as we mentioned earlier, the Lion au Serpent statue was produced by Antoine-Louis Barye who was born in Paris in the September of 1796 and started out as a goldsmith, initially with his father, then with the sculptor Guillaume-Mertin Biennais, who was a goldsmith to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Lion Au Serpent Statue On Terrace Du Bord De l'Eau

But Antoine-Louis Barye also studied sculpture under Francois Joseph Bosio and in 1818 was admitted into the Ecole des Beaux Arts, however, initially he was producing small bronzes and medallions and then after studying animals at the Jardin des Plantes, he started producing compositions with different animals.

Antoine-Louis Barye Statue The Lion Au Serpent In Paris

However, he wanted to be recognised as a sculpteur statuaire, which in English generally means a sculptor of large statues, and in 1831 Antione-Louis Barye first started exhibiting much larger statues, and it was in 1832 that he presented this work of the Lion and Snake statue at a Paris Salon for French artists.

Lion Au Serpent Statue Side View

And with a unique style of his own Antoine-Louis Barye sculpted animals in a precise and exact way through his careful analysis of the subject, always striving to create lifelike movements along with the untamed character of the animal, become one of the greatest French animaliers, always representing the animal as the main focus of the sculpture.

Information Plaque On Lion Au Serpent Statue

Yet this last photo shows a close up of the plaque, which is located on the pedestal base of the Lion and Snake statue, and here you can see that Antione-Louis Barye passed away in 1875, and it was after this the moulding was produced from the original bronze that is now on display within the famous tourist attraction in Paris of the Musee du Louvre.

Other Paris statues by Antoine-Louis Barye

  -  La Paix statue
  -  La Guerre statue
  -  Lion statues on the Grande Galerie Occidentale
  -  L'Ordre statue
  -  La Force statue
  -  Le Combat du Centaure et du Lapithe statue
  -  Napoleon 1er dominant l’Histoire et les Arts sculpture

Copies of Antoine-Louis Barye statues

  -  L'Ordre statue at Square Barye
  -  La Force statue at Square Barye

Related information

  -  Photos of Tuileries Garden

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Musee du Louvre
  -  The l’Orangerie Museum
  -  Musee du Jeu de Paume
  -  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  -  Place de la Concorde

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