Frick Collection opens Antico. The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes

The Frick Collection presents Antico. The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes, the first monographic exhibition in the United States devoted to the Italian sculptor and goldsmith on view from May 1, 2012 through July 29, 2012.

Pier Jacopo Alari de Bonacolsi, called Antico (c. 1460–1528), Apollo Belvedere, c. 1490, copper with partial fire gilding and silvering; base of bronze, 16 1/4 inches without base, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt

Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528) was a transformative sculptor who brought the classical world to life. The exhibition present forty-six objects, thirty-seven by Antico, comprising almost three- quarters of the master’s rare surviving oeuvre. They span Antico’s activity and represent the genres in which he worked: medals, statuettes, life-size busts, and reliefs. Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Frick Collection, New York. The exhibition is organized by Eleonora Luciano, associate curator of sculpture, National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with Denise Allen, curator, The Frick Collection, New York, and Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Curator of the Kunstkammer, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The exhibition in New York is made possible, in part, by The Christian Humann Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah M. Bogert, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill III, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, the Thaw Charitable Trust, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. It will be accompanied by a range of public programs, and the only available monograph in English on the artist.

Comments co-curator Denise Allen, “Following the critical acclaim of the 2008 exhibition Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze, we were delighted to join the National Gallery of Art and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in studying another remarkable Northern Italian artist whose oeuvre deserved better recognition in America. As with Riccio, Antico is represented in the Frick’s holdings, and we have come to appreciate our work better by placing it in the context of these loans from major public and private collections worldwide.” Among them are the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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