Name That Lion: The Ingalls Library Mascot Needs a Name!

NOTE: Thanks to your votes, the Ingalls Library mascot officially has a name! Say hello to Beazley the lion next time you visit the Ingalls Library! 

The museum’s 1916 building was the culmination of years of planning. Early picturesque designs by museum architects Benjamin Hubbell and Dominick Benes included facades featuring sculptures, mosaics, and ornamental architraves. These decorative design elements were eliminated as unnecessary or too costly and a more severe classical building emerged.

One design element that was retained was a beautiful wrought iron marquis over the north entrance held up by four majestic lion heads carved from marble. The marquis greeted museum visitors for forty years until it was removed during construction of the 1957 addition. The recent expansion and renovation project exposed the long forgotten lions that had held it up.


One of these regal beasts now stands watch in the Ingalls Library, serving as inspiration and a symbol of the endurance of art and architecture. 


NAME THAT LION: The library’s new mascot needs a name and we want you to help choose!


A name has been chosen! Say hello to Beazley the lion next time you visit the Ingalls Library! 


Check out the CMA collection-inspired names below:

Name: Qitou 

Inspiration: Tomb Guardians, China. 2000.118

This fierce looking earth spirit (qitou) served as a tomb guard warding off evil. His fiery, twisting hair evokes a lion's mane.

Name: Bellows 

Inspiration: Stag at Sharkey's, George Bellows. 1133.1922

This dynamic depction of an illegal prize fight was eagerly accessioned when the artist's agent declared that it had been rejected by the Metropolitan for being too brutal. Whether true or not, we were happy to prove we were not as squeamish as New York.

Name: Dudley 

Inspiration: Dido and Aeneas, Giovanni Francesco Romanelli. 1915.79

Depicting a tragic love story, the set of eight tapestries was donated by Mrs. Prentiss, sister of John L. Severance, in memory of her late husband, Dr. Dudley P. Allen. The gift encouraged the creation of the museum's armor court where they have hung since opening day.

Name: Beazley 

Inspiration: The Cleveland Krater, Greece, Attic. 1930.104

This krater is the most important of 12 by an unknown artist. Because of its importance the krater and painter were named for our city by the great English vase expert, Sir John D. Beazley.

Name: Ryder 

Inspiration: The Race Track (Death on a Pale Horse), Albert Pinkham Ryder. 1928.8

Gloomy with symbolism, the artist's emotional reaction to the death of a friend is evident in this intense portrayal.





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