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.

Provenance

By descent to vendor.


Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ
020 7602 3316
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Daily 10am – 5.30pm (except Tuesdays)

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