The Chimera of Arezzo

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Jan van der Crabben
by Matthew Brennan
published on 13 January 2017

The Chimera of Arezzo is an ancient Etruscan bronze currently in the Florence Archaeological Museum, and dated to circa 400 BCE.

The sculpture depicts the mythological Chimera, a hybrid animal consisting of a lion, with a goats head emerging from its back, and a tail in the form of a snake.

The bronze was unearthed in 1553 and claimed for the Medici collections in Florence.

On the right foreleg of the lion is an inscription, implying that the sculpture served a votive purpose in antiquity.

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