The Chimera of Arezzo

3D Image

Jan van der Crabben
by Matthew Brennan
published on 13 January 2017
Send to Google Classroom:

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.

Remove Ads

Advertisement

Support Our
Non-Profit Organization

World History Encyclopedia is a non-profit organization. For only $5 per month you can become a member and support our mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.

Become a Member  

Cite This Work

APA Style

Brennan, M. (2017, January 13). The Chimera of Arezzo. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image3d/75/the-chimera-of-arezzo/

Chicago Style

Brennan, Matthew. "The Chimera of Arezzo." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 13, 2017. https://www.worldhistory.org/image3d/75/the-chimera-of-arezzo/.

MLA Style

Brennan, Matthew. "The Chimera of Arezzo." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 Jan 2017. Web. 16 Oct 2021.