Lion of Lucerne (1820-1821), Bonded Marble Resin Statue

Mark Twain called the original sculpt of this mortally-wounded lion, "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." Inspired by Lucerne, Switzerland's famed Lion Monument, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and sculpted in 1820-21 by Lukas Ahorn, this piece commemorates the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss during the French Revolution and all those who serve with valor. A wonderful gift for an executive desk or for the world traveler, this Basil Street Gallery exclusive is cast in pristine white, bonded marble resin and hand-finished to be truly gallery-worthy.
11"Wx5"Dx7"H. 4 lbs.
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   Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)

Bertel Thorvaldsen was the first critically acclaimed Danish artist and an outstanding example of the neoclassical style of sculpture. Thorvaldsen studied at the Copenhagen Academy and won a traveling scholarship to Rome, where he was to live most of his life. In Italy, the prevailing enthusiasm for classical sculpture ignited his imagination so much that he later celebrated the date of his arrival in 1797 as his Roman Birthday.

The success of Thorvaldsen's model for a statue of Jason and the Golden Fleece attracted the attention of the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova and launched Thorvaldsen on one of the most successful careers of the 19th century. Thorvaldsen created numerous sculptural works inspired by Greek mythology. He also sculpted portraits of important contemporary personalities and historic figures.

Per his final wishes, much of Bertel Thorvaldsen's fortune was donated to the endowment of a neoclassical museum in Copenhagen. Housed in the museum are his art collections and the models for all his sculptures. Thorvaldsen also expressed to be buried in the museum and his body was laid to rest.

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