They are life-like, life-size, lively. Bronze animals like these once were eagerly collected by the princes of the Renaissance, and chic Parisians, though today they're out of fashion. Too bad. "Greyhounds Playing" and "Fawns Playing" are by the exceptionally observant American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, who died at 97 in 1973. When she was a little girl her parents found her in a meadow lying nose to nose with a horse, watching how its jaw moved as it chewed grass. In 1910, another horse was brought into her Paris studio (it had a big door) while she was sculpting the Joan of Arc that's on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Her colossal lion is in Dayton, Ohio. Her greyhounds and the deer are at the Corcoran Museum of Art. She gave them to the museum in 1936. Her art has French connections. She studied for a while with Gutzon Borglum, who, before he went out West to carve the presidents on Mount Rushmore, had worked in Paris with Rodin. Her playful creatures tug the heartstrings. Though they might appear to be French and academic, they have a touch of Disney, too, in the way they evoke "Aw."

-- Paul Richard

"Greyhounds Playing" and "Fawns Playing" flank the interior staircase at the Corcoran Museum of Art, 17th Street and New York Avenue NW.

Anna Hyatt Huntington's playful fawns and greyhounds.