The Frick Collection, New York and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Collaborate on Touring Exhibition

The first exhibition devoted to one of the most innovative Dutch sculptors of the midsixteenth century—who brought the tradition of the classically inspired Italian Renaissance bronze to the Netherlands—comes to The Frick Collection this summer.  During almost twenty years in Italy, Willem van Tetrode (c. 1525–1580) studied and restored antique marble sculpture and worked for such celebrated artists as Benvenuto Cellini (1500–1571).  From these experiences, he created expressive small bronzes showing the muscular male nude in poised or violent motion.  Upon his return to Delft, Tetrode initiated a passion for collecting small bronzes in the North and inspired the muscular classicism in the work of younger artists, such as Hendrick Goltzius.  Curated by Frits Scholten of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and co-organized by The Frick Collection, the exhibition presents almost forty of Tetrode’s bronzes and an example of his marble sculpture in the skylighted Garden Court.  A small Cabinet gallery installation exploring the relationship between the replicative arts of bronze casting and printmaking features Tetrode’s Striding Warrior and a small selection of prints by Goltzius, lent to the Frick by The Hearn Family Trust, as well as some results of the technical studies conducted for the exhibition.  Willem van Tetrode (c. 1525–1580): Bronze Sculptures of the Renaissance is on view at The Frick Collection concurrently with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s showing of Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master (1558–1617): Drawings, Prints, and Paintings.  Comments Denise Allen, Associate Curator of The Frick Collection, “Simultaneous presentations of these exhibitions, both of which originated at the Rijksmuseum, offers New York audiences a valuable opportunity to explore the vital connections between the oeuvres of two artists who transformed their experience of Italian art into a powerful Northern idiom.” 



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