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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…


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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.