Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 536

The virtuosic Renaissance sculptor Antico, court artist for the powerful Gonzaga family in Mantua, revitalized Greek and Roman subjects and techniques in his bronze statuettes. In this exquisite figure, with its silver inlays for eyes and gilded attributes, Antico captures the Trojan prince as he deliberates before awarding the golden apple to the goddess Aphrodite. With smooth skin that contrasts with the texture of his elegantly chased hair, the figure offers a sense of an unknown ancient prototype.

Paris, Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi) (Italian, Mantua ca. 1460–1528 Gazzuolo), Bronze, partially fire-gilt, silver inlay, Italian, Mantua

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