At the end of the sixteenth century Giambologna dominated the art of the small bronze, and his statuettes were highly prized by rulers and sophisticated collectors across Europe. In principle, the master’s models could be endlessly reproduced in bronze casts. Research undertaken for the upcoming exhibition Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection will show how and why replication became a major characteristic of the art of the small bronze and investigate whether multiplicity was considered a virtue.―This lecture is made possible by the Robert H.
This lecture presents an overview of the Hill Collection exhibition, which combines celebrated masterpieces with new discoveries in the field of bronzes. It traces the history of the bronze statuette from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century in Italy and northern Europe. Particular emphasis is placed on the works of preeminent sculptors such as Giambologna, Tetrode, and Adriaen de Vries. This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.