Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600–2000

Lectures from the Center for the History of Collecting, Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600–2000, given on May 19 & 20, 2017.

This two-day symposium showcased how approaches to collecting and displaying sculpture have varied and changed over the centuries, from the Kunskammer of late Renaissance princes, to the sculpture galleries of the eighteenth century, to garden sculpture ensembles and, finally to the challenges of displaying sculpture in public museums. Renowned art historian Malcolm Baker offered the keynote address, which was followed by a roster of distinguished speakers from Europe and the United States. The symposium was made possible through the support of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.


Image: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (F1827–1875), Ugolino and His Sons, 1865–67. Saint-Béat marble. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art