Italian, Venice - Pair of Lions Supporting Columns, 15th century

Italian, Venice

Pair of Lions Supporting Columns, 15th century

Stone, 48.2 x 59.6 x 33.9 cm (19 x 23 7/16 x 13 3/8 in.) each


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The lions were possibly purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner with the columns they support. These columns were purchased perhaps from the dealer Antonio Marcato, Venice for 960 lire on 27 September 1897. The lions certainly entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection by 1902.


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 175. (as Italian Gothic, probably 14th century)
Cornelius C. Vermeule III et al. Sculpture in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1977), pp. 126-27, nos. 154-55. (as Venetian, 15th century)

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