Grand Tour Bronze of the Chimera of Arezzo


The original 400BC Etruscan bronze is 78 cm tall and 129 cm long. It was discovered on November 15th 1`553 in Arezzo, and was promptly claimed by Cosimo I Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany.  It was moved to the Palazzo Vecchio, where it staid till 1718, when it was moved to the Uffizi, and in 1870 was moved to its current home, the national Archaeological Museum in Florence. Small er bronzes would have been produced almost as soon as it was excavated, for Grand Tour aristocrats, and this example is probably second half of the 19th century. 22 cm long, 18 cm tall and 9 cm wide.

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