Apollo, Adriaen de Vries (Netherlandish, The Hague ca. 1545–1626 Prague), Bronze, German, probably Augsburg

Apollo

Artist:
Adriaen de Vries (Netherlandish, The Hague ca. 1545–1626 Prague)
Date:
ca. 1594–98
Culture:
German, probably Augsburg
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 18 3/4 × 10 5/8 × 7 1/2 in. (47.6 × 27 × 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.534
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Heavy, rich, and difficult to master, bronze sculpture was the realm of the wealthiest collectors and their curiosity cabinets. This statuette was made to be admired up close, held in the hands of a privileged few. While contemporaries such as Albrecht Dürer courted markets across social classes, the Dutch sculptor De Vries embodied exclusivity. Except for two fountains in wealthy Augsburg, the well-traveled, Italian-influenced De Vries made art only for a tiny cluster of patrons in the circle of his protector, Emperor Rudolph II, at his court in Prague.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
George and Florence Blumenthal , Paris and New York (by 1926–until her d. 1930) ; George Blumenthal (1930–d. 1941; bequeathed to MMA with life interest) ; left as life interest to Ann Payne Blumenthal who renounced this interest in 1966