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Bronze and Boxwood: Renaissance Masterpieces from the Robert H. Smith Collection

January 27 – May 4, 2008
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 74 and 75, East Garden Court

Installation view of Bronze and Boxwood: Renaissance Masterpieces from the Robert H. Smith Collection, photo by Rob Shelley, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

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

Overview: 47 bronzes and 8 ivory and boxwood sculptures on loan from the collection of Robert H. Smith were presented in this exhibition of small sculptures created in 16th- and 17th-century Europe. Among works on display were an early cast of Giovanni Bologna's Cesarini Venus and the earliest version of his sculpture The Birdcatcher.

An opening-day lecture, Modeling, Carving, Casting, Finishing: Four Aspects of the Works in Bronze, Boxwood, and Ivory Exhibited in the Robert H. Smith Collection, was presented by Nicholas Penny, senior curator of sculpture and decorative arts; Karen Serres and Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith research conservators; and Shelley Sturman, senior conservator and head of object conservation, National Gallery of Art.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Nicholas Penny, senior curator of sculpture and decorative arts, was the curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was sponsored by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Attendance: 81,785

Brochure: Bronze and Boxwood: Renaissance Masterpieces from the Robert H. Smith Collection by Karen Serres et al. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2008.