Mar 08, 2012 12:51PM
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Rare, glistening bronze statuettes, reliefs, busts, medals and more showcase the talent of Italian sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, who was known for creating exquisite original and recreations of classical art throughout the Renaissance. Colleagues and admirers referred to him as simply “Antico” for the antique qualities of his work. The first U.S. exhibition of his work, Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes, is coming to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. through April 8th. The unique exhibit was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the Frick Collection, New York.
More than 30 rare works will be on display at the National Gallery’s East Building. Attendees can expect Antico’s works to be grouped thematically to tell a story of his progression and subject matter. In addition, related works by artist Andrea Mantegna will be installed alongside Antico’s, as both were court artists of the Gonzaga family. Although Antico earned a reputation for restoring antique marble statues in Rome, his greatest works were commissioned by the Gonzaga family over three generations.
The exhibition is part of ITALY@150, a series of activities in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States that celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and the long-lasting friendship between our two countries. “The late Robert H. Smith, former president of the Gallery, was one of the keenest admirers and collectors of Antico’s work, and his vision and generosity have made the Gallery a leader in the study of Renaissance bronzes,” says Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “The exhibition and accompanying catalogue are dedicated to Bob’s memory and serve as a tribute to his leadership as a collector and philanthropist.”
Want to learn more about Antico? Gallery talks related to the exhibit will be held March 9, 11, 13, 22, 23 at noon. The hour-long talks are led by Eric Denker or David Gariff at the East Building Ground Level at the Information Desk.
For more information, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.