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While walking among the wonders of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, right next to the famous equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, you can meet the famous marble statue of the lion that kills the horse. You will be fascinated by the realism, the power and the beauty of this amazing sculpture. The lion that kills the horse is a marvellous sculpted group. It dates back to the 4th century b.C., and has been recently restored. Come to Rome and ask us to take you to the Capitoline Museums and discover more about this masterpiece. Come and see with your own eyes a marble sculpture which expresses both art and politics.
THE REALISM OF THE LION THAT KILLS THE HORSE
The sculpture is known for its realism. The lion’s fangs that penetrate the tender flesh of the horse, almost incapable of moving, is incredibly realistic. It is said that Michelangelo had commented on the beauty of this masterpiece. This work was visible to all Roman citizens since it was positioned right in front of the Palazzo Senatorio (redesigned by the famous Renaissance master).
THE ALLEGORY OF ROME
Since the statue was considered antique by the general population (and it definitely is!) it was much respected by all. The great expression of strength emanating from the mighty figure of the lion, excellently represented the allegory of Rome. The sculpture retained this strong evocative function until 1471. This ended when the famous bronze She-wolf arrived on the Capitol. The indissoluble link of the she-wolf with the legendary origins of Rome, made it the new symbol of the city, replacing the lion.
This work is undoubtedly a concrete testimony to the greatness of Rome and the boundless heritage of art and culture handed down from ancient civilisation to the present day. Do come to Rome and visit the Capitoline Museums with expert guides who can help you discover more about the marble statue of the lion that kills the horse. Visit Rome and come see this masterpiece with your own eyes. A place that never ceases to amaze…