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Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
November 6, 2011 – April 8, 2012
East Building Ground Level

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528) for his expertise in classical antiquity. Antico also developed and refined the technology for producing bronzes in multiples. His exquisite bronze reductions of ancient Roman sculptures such as the Apollo Belvedere (c. AD 120–140) are enlivened with gilding and silvering. Antico's bronzes are so rare that the nearly 40 works—including medals, reliefs, busts, and the renowned statuettes—constitute more than three quarters of the sculptor's extant oeuvre.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the Frick Collection, New York.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Robert H. and Clarice Smith. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Other Venues: The Frick Collection, May 1–July 29, 2012

Image: Antico, Apollo Belvedere, c. 1490, bronze with gilding and silvering, without base: 41.3 x 22 cm (16 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.), with base: 45.2 x 22 cm (17 13/16 x 8 11/16 in.), Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main

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, 1460 - 1528

Audio and Video

Antico: The Making of an Exhibition
Audio, Released: December 6, 2011, (72:52 minutes)
Press Event: Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
Audio, Released: November 1, 2011, (1:10:13 minutes)