Devéria and the Lion King?

Here’s my latest art historical hunch. Take a look at the two images below. Does anyone else think that the opening scene of Disney’s cartoon “The Lion King” (1994) was influenced by Eugène Devéria’s Birth of Henry IV (1827)?



I wonder if Disney has ever written about artistic influences for their films. It would be fun to see if there is a statement by Disney that could support my hunch…

  • heidenkind says:

    I think for sure! Do you know if Deveria was quoting another work of art in that painting?

  • e says:

    Sure, I can see that'd be the inspiration. I mean, the illustration guys ARE artists. Though, it'd be interesting to hear about their training.

    What other theories do you have? Tell us more!

  • The Clever Pup says:

    Oh, for sure. It's positively biblical.

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This blog focuses on making Western art history accessible and interesting to all types of audiences: art historians, students, and anyone else who is curious about art. Alberti’s Window is maintained by Monica Bowen, an art historian and professor.