By: Louis-Charles Bombled (1862-1927)
Created: 1882, Collection: Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rights: Public Domain
Who will come up with a real lion? Or maybe you can find the actual building in the Artis of today and pose in front of it? Or just ask a friend to disguise as the lion and parade behind a barred window! Be imaginative!
The “Artis” is short for the zoo of Amsterdam, officially called “Natura Artis Magistra”, Latin for “Nature is the teacher of art and science”. The zoo is in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands (founded 1838) and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.
Artis contains 27 monumental buildings, most of which are used as enclosures for the animals, making Artis a unique cultural heritage of the 19th century.
The scene in the painting shows a woman and a child, dressed in the fin-de-siècle fashion of their time in front of the lion cage.
We’ve basically chosen this painting of the french painter Bombled to challenge you: who will come up with a real lion? Or maybe you can find the actual building in the Artis Zoo of today and pose in front of it?
Source of the description: Wikipedia