The Lion Fighter
Tom Gari Gallery-Three-Photography
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This is another dramatic, bronze statue outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Basically, this is a violent equestrian statue. It depicts a figure on a horse killing a lion. It is pretty gruesome. There is a companion sculpture across the plaza steps, also at the base which has another statue with the same flavor of this one.
The original Lion Fighter sits as a companion piece to Auguste Kiss's Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther on the steps of the National Museum in Berlin. The Fairmount Park Art Association purchased the original plaster cast for The Lion Fighter in 1889 and placed it in Memorial Hall for public viewing, along with a plaster version of the Amazon. This bronze was cast locally by the Bureau Brothers in 1892 for exhibition at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. When returned to Philadelphia, it was installed on a "jutting rock" on East River Drive. It was moved to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1929, where - as in Berlin - it accompanies a bronze cast of the Amazon. SOURCE
The sculptor was Albert Wolff (1814-1892) and the Bureau Brothers was the founder. The original was created in 1858, cast in 1892, relocated 1897 and relocated again in 1929. Like the other sculpture, this one also has a limestone base and the statue is of bronze. The sculpture is approximately 168 x 169 x 100 inches and the base is approximately 204 x 165 1/2 x 122 1/2 inches.
There are many naked, nude or indecently exposed statues in this area, this one being no exception. This statue has a nude male figure seated on a rearing horse. A roaring lion lying just beneath the horse reaches up and rakes its claws across the front proper right flank of the horse. The male figure holding a spear in his raised proper right hand is poised to stab the lion. The imagery is violent and fantastical.
January 15th, 2014
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