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Corcoran Gallery of Art Lions - Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 53.746 W 077° 02.367
18S E 323133 N 4307186
Quick Description: The lions located in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. are replicas of lions found in Rome.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 12/7/2013 8:59:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMJN4H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member uccacher
Views: 6

Long Description:
The lions located in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art are copies of Antonio Canova's lions which were sculpted in 1792 for the tomb of Pope Clement XII in St Peter's in Rome. The originals were sculpted of marble, these cast in bronze from molds of the originals. The lions, both reclining, one awake and one asleep. They were purchased in Rome by successful Washington businessman Benjamin Holladay in 1860 for $6,000 and placed in front of his home at Washington home at 1311 K Street, N.W. and remained there until his death. The lions were purchased at auction by the Corcoran Galley in 1888 and placed in front of the museum when it was at Pennsylvania Avenue and Seventeenth Street, N.W. (now the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum). They were moved to their current location in 1897 when the museum moved to its new location at Seventeenth Street and New York Avenue, N.W.
Where is original located?: St Peters Basilica Rome

Where is this replica located?: Corcoran Gallery of Art

Who created the original?: Antonio Canova

Year Original was Created (approx. ok): 1792

Internet Link about Original: Not listed

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