First seen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, this splendid exhibition, now on view in the adjacent galleries, as well as in the Cabinet at the top of the stairs of The Frick Collection, is devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528) for his expertise in classical antiquity. The technology for producing bronzes in multiples was refined and developed by Antico, who fostered the diffusion of the Roman statues that have become icons of western art. Enlivened with gilding and silvering, his exquisite bronze reductions of ancient Roman sculptures such as the Apollo Belvedere (c. 120–140 AD) were created just as they were coming to light during the Renaissance. Antico's bronzes are among the first to exist in multiples, however they are currently so rare that the 40 works in the exhibition — including medals, reliefs, busts, and the renowned statuettes — constitute over three fourths of the sculptor's extant oeuvre.
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