The Frick Collection Brings to the U.S. for the First Time a Selection of Remarkable Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University possesses one of the finest collections of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes in Great Britain, and this February a group of thirty-six of them will be seen for the first time together in America in a presentation at New York’s Frick Collection. Dating from the turn of the sixteenth century to the early years of the eighteenth century—the period that saw the flowering of the bronze statuette as an independent art form—the sculptures are remarkable for their exquisite beauty and refinement. Many of the works in the exhibition are from the collection bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum by the sister of Lieutenant Colonel Mildmay Thomas Boscawen, an explorer, naturalist, and botanist, who owned large plantations in East Africa. Included are masterpieces by such renowned Italian Renaissance and Baroque sculptors as Vincenzo Grandi and Alessandro Algardi, as well as outstanding bronzes by Netherlandish, German, and French masters, which are rare among the Frick’s predominantly Italian holdings.