Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi)

Past Exhibition: Antico

bronze sculpture of standing male mythical figure with arm raised and golden cape
Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
May 1, 2012 to July 29, 2012

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes was the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528). As sculptor to the Gonzaga courts at Mantua and in northern Italy, Antico earned his name, "the antique one," for his creation in the classical style of statuettes, reliefs, and busts that are distinguished by their opulence and beauty.

Claudia Kryza-Gersch: "Antico: A Pioneer of Renaissance Sculpture"

Link to video of Claudia Kryza-Gersch lecture

"Antico: A Pioneer of Renaissance Sculpture," by Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, May 2, 2012. Antico dedicated himself to reviving the forms and splendors of ancient sculpture. This lecture will explore the artist's pioneering role in establishing the bronze statuette as a new Renaissance genre; his innovative exploration of the classical bust and the female nude; and his invention of techniques for creating superbly finished versions of his bronzes that rival the technical achievements of the ancients.