Next fall, The Frick Collection will present the first-ever exhibition on the Florentine sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni (ca. 1440–1491), a renowned student of Donatello, a teacher of Michelangelo, and a great favorite of Lorenzo “il Magnifico” de’ Medici, his principal patron. More than twenty statues, reliefs, medals, and statuettes — constituting the artist’s entire extant oeuvre — will be on view exclusively at the Frick, which houses the only sculptural figure by Bertoldo outside of Europe. The exhibition will highlight the ingenuity of the artist’s designs across media, including bronze, wood, and terracotta, and provide the first chance to fully explore longstanding questions of attribution, function, groupings, and intended display. Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence will bring into focus the sculptor’s unique position at the heart of the artistic and political landscape in fifteenth-century Italy.
Bertoldo di Giovanni is the latest in a series of acclaimed Frick shows on Renaissance sculptors and is organized by Aimee Ng, Associate Curator; Alexander J. Noelle, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow; and Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator; with the assistance of Julia Day, Associate Conservator, who has been coordinating and conducting extensive scientific analysis of the objects. This important project is the result of a creative partnership with a major to lender to the exhibition, the esteemed Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.
A major scholarly catalogue, featuring contributions from a team of international scholars, will accompany the exhibition. This book, published in association with D Giles Ltd, London, will be by far the most substantial text on Bertoldo ever produced.
Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, Mrs. Daniel Cowin in honor of Ian Wardropper, Margot and Jerry Bogert, and The Melanie and Matthew McLennan Foundation. Additional funding is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Peter D. Pritchard, Dino & Raffaello Tomasso, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Dr. Stephen K. Scher and Janie Woo Scher, the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation, and Daniel Katz.