Leopard in a Cage Confronted by Two Mastiffs
  • Leopard in a Cage Confronted by Two Mastiffs

    TitleLeopard in a Cage Confronted by Two Mastiffs
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 129 x 184 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 156 x 212 x 15 cm
  • DatingSigned 1739
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French, born 1686, dead 1755
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 863
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum (purchase 1740 the Royal Castle, Stockholm)
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1603 18th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s painting of a leopard was based on studies at the royal Ménagerie in the gardens of Versailles, which was in disrepair when he viewed the wild animals there. This painting, from 1739, was the last in a series of eleven that Carl Gustaf Tessin bought that year for the interiors of the Royal Palace. The acquisition was severely criticised when the works reached Sweden the following year.