The depiction of the struggle between a muscular male nude and a python derives from the story of Apollo and the Python of Delphi.

Although the subject matter displays Leighton's knowledge of and respect for renaissance masters in particular Michelangelo, its execution shows the artist's preference for contemporary French sculpture. Leighton used sculpture to further explore the relationship of the figure in space that was such an important part of his representational paintings.


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Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
020 7602 3316

Opening times

Saturdays and Sundays only 10am to 5:30pm Garden is closed. Please note that Leighton House Museum is currently closed during the week for restoration however a programme of public events for adults and families is still available. Please check their website on for details and opening times

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