Bronzes

bronze sculpture of a standing man (Neptune) raising a trident over a sea monster
Severo Calzetta, Called Severo da Ravenna
June 22, 1978 to October 8, 1978

The Frick Collection presented an exhibition of bronze statuettes by or related to Severo Calzetta, called Severo da Ravenna, an important but little-known Italian sculptor of the early sixteenth century. Complementing the five bronzes in The Frick Collection attributed to Severo or his workshop were loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and two New York private collections. The only known bronze bearing the sculptor's signature and a number of related but quite distinct versions of his original models were included.

Bronze sculpture of standing Hercules, naked except for animal skin draped across one shoulder
Italian Art at the Close of the Quattrocento: Pollaiuolo and Hercules
February 3, 1992 to March 29, 1992

A focused exhibition placing a Hercules attributed to Antonio del Pollaiuolo in the collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin side by side with the Frick's own bronze Hercules attributed to the same artist. Questions of the authorship and dating of both pieces were considered. The Collection also borrowed, for comparison with the bronzes, one painting and several prints and drawings, all by or closely related to Pollaioulo.

Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, February 15 through April 24, 2005
 
Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
February 15, 2005 to April 24, 2005

The Fitzwilliam Museum's collection of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes is one of the finest in Great Britain. Beginning February 15, The Frick Collection presented thirty-six of the Fitzwilliam's bronzes, many of which have never before been seen in America. 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 beauty and refinement.

cover of the catalogue for the exhibition European Bronzes from the Quentin Collection with a close-up of a bronze sculpture of a man with curly hair and beard

European Bronzes from the Quentin Collection

September 28, 2004 to January 2, 2005

Created to delight and engage their audiences over countless viewings, bronze statuettes enjoyed immense popularity with rulers and the wealthy educated classes who collected them between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The Frick Collection was pleased to have, as its special fall exhibition, European Bronzes from the Quentin Collection, the first public presentation of a distinguished, little-known private collection devoted to the art of these small- and medium-scale sculptures.