Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600-2000

Image of a marble sculpture of a nude man chained to and seated on a drapery covered stone. The man is flanked by two younger nude men, representing his sons, and two nude boys who representing his grandsons.  The work is derived from canto XXXIII of Dante's Inferno, which describes how the Pisan traitor Count Ugolino della Gherardesca, his sons, and his grandsons were imprisoned in 1288 and died of starvation.

This symposium was held May 19–20, 2017.

Presented by the Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library, this two-day symposium will showcase how approaches to collecting and displaying sculpture have varied and changed over the centuries, from the Kunstkammer 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 will offer the keynote address, which will be followed by a roster of distinguished speakers from Europe and the United States. The symposium is made possible through the support of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827–1875), Ugolino and His Sons, 1865–67. Saint-Béat marble, 77 3/4 × 59 × 43 1/2 in., 4955 lb. New York, The Metropolitan Art Museum. Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, and Fletcher Fund, 1967 (67.250).