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"Play ball with us, anyone?"

The Medici lions in the Loggia dei Lanzi.


These two lions are known as the Medici Lions because they once belonged to Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici and adorned Villa Medici, his home in Rome, until they were moved to the Loggia dei Lanzi in 1789.

The one on the right is Roman, dating to the 2nd century AD, and the other one, closer to us, is a pendant by Flamino Vacca, 1598.

The sculptures depict standing male lions with a sphere or ball under one paw, looking to the side.


Florence, 2014

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Taken on March 14, 2014