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Flanking the exterior Michigan Avenue entrance stairs of the ART INSTITUTE of Chicago are two bronze lions by sculptor Edward Kemeys that were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field for the Art Institute's opening at its current location in 1893. Although the lions have no official names, the sculptor designated the lions by their poses as "stands in an attitude of defiance" (south lion) and "on the prowl" (north lion). These lions, along with those pairs in front of the Main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and the pair in the grand staircase of the Boston Public Library, are part of an Italian Renaissance revival by 19th-century Romantic artists. Guardian lions had been an important architectural theme of the World Columbian Exposition, where six pairs guarded the entrance of the Palace of Fine Arts. Kemeys had sculpted one of these pairs, which may have served as his model for the Art Institute lions. The lions were moved back 12 feet (3.7 m) toward the museum in 1909-10 in conjunction with the widening of Michigan Avenue and the addition of a balustrade and terrace to the east, west and north sides of the building. When a Chicago sports team makes the playoffs, the lions are frequently dressed in that team’s uniform. This has been done for the Chicago White Sox in 2005, the Chicago Bears in 1986 and 2007, and the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. ~ Wikipedia

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Comments (19)

Krystyna SIEG on February 24, 2012

LIKE..super shot. Krystyna:)

Michael Stettner on February 24, 2012

Hello Marlene, these iconic lions are impressive and your composition captures that very well. Your choice of coloring is also befitting. Like I have photographed these lions but did not know their history. Thank you for saving me a trip to Google. Best regards, Michael

~Marlene~ on February 25, 2012

Krystyna... and... Michael...

Thank you both very much for the nice comments and the Likes. I'm glad you found the history interesting, Michael... so did I! We are never too old to learn something. :-)

Wishing you a happy week-end, Marlene

Jack Tol on February 25, 2012

Very nice shot, with a very nice colortone.



A..W.. on February 25, 2012

Very nice. LIKE Greetings

~Marlene~ on February 26, 2012

Thanks so much, Jack and A..W.., for the nice comments and the like. I appreciate your visits!

Best regards, MArlene

Paulo Tan on February 26, 2012

Thumb up-Like-Paulo Tan

silvano benedetti on February 26, 2012

LIKE,bella curiosita',ciao e grazie per commento

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on February 26, 2012

Very perfecrt capture. LIKE. Very elegant shot. Greeting, İsmail

~Marlene~ on February 27, 2012

Paulo Tan... Silvano... and... Ismail...

Thank you all for the very nice comments and the Likes. I appreciate it very much!

Best regards, Marlene

girolamo fedele on February 27, 2012

Very beautiful photo, marlene, like,


~Marlene~ on February 28, 2012

Thank you again, Girolamo, for the kind words and the Like. I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Panos Mourlas on February 28, 2012

Very beautiful

LIKE !!!

Best wishes

Greetings from Greece!!!


~Marlene~ on February 28, 2012

Many thanks, Panos, for the nice comment and the Like!

Best regards, Marlene

makis-GREECE ® on February 29, 2012

Fantastic picture!



~Marlene~ on March 1, 2012

Thank you so much, Makis, for the very nice comment. I'm honored by the YSL and your visit!

My best regards, Marlene

khoi tranduc on March 10, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

~Marlene~ on March 10, 2012

Thanks again, KhoiTran, for the nice comment. I'm happy you Like it!

Best regards, Marlene

~Marlene~ on April 17, 2012

Thank you again, Loe, for your very kind comment and generous YSL. I appreciate it and your visit very much!

Best wishes to you, Marlene

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  • Uploaded on February 24, 2012
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2012/02/13 21:03:39