Lions at the Tomb of Pope Clement XIII - Holyoke, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
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Quick Description: Replicas of the famous awake and sleeping lions that guard Pope Clement XIII tomb at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, can be found outside the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/18/2011 4:26:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMCKNK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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Long Description:
The Wistariahurst was once owned by William Skinner, a prominent Holyoke silk merchant. On the Cabot Street entrance a pair of sculpted marble lions, resting on a granite bases, flank the Cabot Street stairway leading to the museum.

The Awake Lion is on the west side of the stairway. The lion is 25" by 17" by 61" and rest on a 58" high granite base. The male lion is lying down with his head turned to his right. His mouth slightly open.

The Sleeping Lion is on the east side if the stairway. The lion is 25" by 18" by 61" and rest on a 50" high granite base. The male lion is apparently sleeping with its head resting on his right front paw. His left paw is stretched out over the base.

The sculptures are reproductions of the lions located outside the tomb of Clement XIII at St. Peter's Basicila in Vatican City which were created by Antonio Canova. The reproductions, created by an unknown sculptor, was purchased by Sarah Skinner in Rome in the 1880's.
Where is original located?: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Where is this replica located?: Outside the Wistariahurst Museum - 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA

Who created the original?: Antonio Canova

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Year Original was Created (approx. ok): 1792

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