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"Stands in an Attitude of Defiance"

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 February 2017 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

One of the two bronze lions that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago were made for the Art Institute's opening at its current location in 1893. They were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field. They have unofficial "names," which were given by their sculptor Edward Kemeys that are more like designations. You'll notice that the lions are not identical, and thus are named for their poses. This is the "south lion" which is named, "Stands in an Attitude of Defiance."

During the Christmas season, many passersby will see the lions draped with Christmas wreaths over their shoulders. When various professional sports teams of Chicago are in playoffs or finals, the lions will be dressed in the various uniforms and sometimes wearing helmets over their large manes, like the Chicago Bears football team. But that hasn't happened in a while, has it?

Photo captured August 6, 2010.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The lion is a magnificent animal, and fits nicely into the power of a symbol.

22 Feb 2017 5:18am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Quelle belle présence ..ce lion est superbe !
Bonne journée à toi

22 Feb 2017 6:02am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel beua lion très fier couleur vert superbe statue

22 Feb 2017 8:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Yes an imperious pose. Well captured

22 Feb 2017 8:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, defiance ! I like it !

22 Feb 2017 9:16am

christen from LORRAINE, France

Well captured. Thanks for yours comments.

22 Feb 2017 9:53am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb , very proud ! Great framing .

22 Feb 2017 10:49am

Devi from Chennai, India

wow..a defiant pose indeed !!
Brilliant capture !!!!

22 Feb 2017 11:25am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Magnificent creature. Standing guard in front of the Art Institute. Art thieves beware.

22 Feb 2017 11:26am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Very good image. I like a lot.

I invite you to share this, if you wish, in my website of animal sculptures.
Many thanks

22 Feb 2017 11:49am

Marité from France

Le lion a fière allure !
Bravo pour la photo !
Bonne journée

22 Feb 2017 12:10pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Il a un air très fier !! J'aime

22 Feb 2017 1:03pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A beautiful regal sculpture, nicely framed in your shot and I always love that sunshine that you feature.

22 Feb 2017 1:08pm

franz from Baden, Austria

He certainly looks majestic and defiant! I'd love to see him 'wearing' a football uniform ... ;-)

22 Feb 2017 1:18pm

jean pierre a from France

belle statue!! amitiés

22 Feb 2017 1:29pm

willy from Belgium

une belle sculpture de ce lion qui a l'air fière Steven..


22 Feb 2017 3:45pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This bronze lion is certainly at the ready. An excellent shot.

22 Feb 2017 3:48pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A very commanding feel to this statue. Well presented

22 Feb 2017 5:56pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful and defiant lion. Lovely capture.

22 Feb 2017 6:16pm

Joëlle from France

superbe cadrage et mise en lumière du bel animal :-)

22 Feb 2017 6:51pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The lion always has this defiant image. It is the king of the animals. Excellent sculpture in bronze... Best!

22 Feb 2017 7:37pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Amazing sculpture!

22 Feb 2017 8:21pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

You nailed it with the title. And the pride for guarding such treasures inside. Beautiful colors.

22 Feb 2017 8:31pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain


22 Feb 2017 8:43pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Superbe lion au regard dominateur.

22 Feb 2017 9:05pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a beauty. We need more big sculptures like that.

23 Feb 2017 2:43am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A beautiful majestic sculpture. He looks like the real thing! He has a wonderful history. I would love to see the lion at Christmastime!

23 Feb 2017 3:16am

ventiqueras from Italy

grandissimo impatto visivo, esprime forza e bellezza della natura!
bellissimo scatto Annalisa

23 Feb 2017 4:49am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I've always preferred this lion over the NY Public Library. vERY NICE SHOT OF HIM.

23 Feb 2017 6:11am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien vu et bonne réalisation

23 Feb 2017 9:23am

Remus from Portugal

I'm a lion... My zodiac sign is lion.

The fascination for the attributes and qualities of the lion is admired in the four corners of the world.

23 Feb 2017 3:18pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Looks a bit like the Southbank Lion in London!

11 Mar 2017 7:32pm