The National Gallery of Art Displays Antico’s rare Renaissance Sculptures

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artwork: Antico, Spinario, model created by 1496, cast possibly 1499. Bronze with silvering, height: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 inches.) -  Private collection Photo courtesy of © The National Gallery, London.


WASHINGTON, D.C.- Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528), transformed the art of bronze sculpture. His contributions are celebrated in Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes, the first monographic exhibition in the United States devoted to the Italian sculptor and goldsmith. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from November 6, 2011, through April 8, 2012, the exhibition includes some 40 rare works—medals, reliefs, busts, and Antico’s renowned statuettes—more than three-quarters of the sculptor’s known works. In 2008–2009, the first monographic exhibition on Antico was presented at the restored apartments of Isabella d’Este in the Ducal Palace in Mantua, Italy. The exhibition presents 37 masterpieces by Antico, grouped thematically and installed with related works by fellow Gonzaga court artist Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431–1506), Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430/1435–1516), and others.