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European Sculpture, 1400-1900, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

European Sculpture, 1400–1900, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wardropper, Ian
304 pages
300 illustrations
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This beautiful book features masterpieces of sculpture in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Celebrated works by the great European sculptors—including Luca and Andrea della Robbia, Juan Martínez Montañés, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Antoine-Louis Barye, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edgar Degas, and Auguste Rodin—are joined by striking new additions to the collection, notably Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's remarkable bust of a troubled and introspective man.

The ninety-two works are diverse in media (marble, bronze, wood, terracotta, and ivory) and size—ranging from a tiny oil lamp fantastically conceived and modeled by the Renaissance bronze sculptor Riccio to Antonio Canova's eight-foot-high Perseus with the Head of Medusa, executed in the heroic Neo-classical style. Incorporating information from the latest scholarly research and recent conservation studies, sculpture specialist Ian Wardropper discusses the history and significance of the highlighted works, each of which is reproduced with glorious new photography.

Sprite, Donatello  Italian, High-copper alloy, fire-gilt, brown natural patina where exposed, Italian, Florence
Madonna and Child with Angels, Antonio Rossellino  Italian, Marble with gilt details on halo and dress, Italian, Florence
ca. 1455–60
Saint Bridget of Sweden Receiving the Rule of Her Order, Agostino d'Antonio di Duccio  Italian, Florence, Marble, Italian, Perugia
Virgin and Child in a niche, Luca della Robbia  Italian, Glazed terracotta with gilt and painted details, Italian, Florence
ca. 1460
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness, Antonio Rossellino  Italian, Marble, Italian, Florence
ca. 1470
David with the head of Goliath, Bartolomeo Bellano  Italian, Bronze, later oil gilding, Italian, Padua
Prudence, Andrea della Robbia  Italian, Glazed terracotta, Italian, Florence
ca. 1475
Madonna and Child, Benedetto da Maiano  Italian, Marble, painted background, Italian, Florence
ca. 1490
Adam, Tullio Lombardo, Marble, Italian, Venice
ca. 1490–95
Saint Andrew, Andrea Bregno  Italian, Marble, Italian, Rome
Horse and rider startled by a snake, Bronze, Italian, Venice or Padua
Italian, Venice or Padua
early 16th century
Paris, Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi)  Italian, Bronze, partially fire-gilt, silver inlay, Italian, Mantua
ca. 1518–1524
Portrait Bust of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Pietro Torrigiano  Italian, Polychrome terracotta, British
Rothschild lamp, Andrea Briosco, called Riccio  Italian, Bronze, on a later wood base, Italian, Padua
ca. 1510–20
Striding Pan, Andrea Briosco, called Riccio  Italian, Bronze, Italian, Padua
Emperor Antoninus Pius, Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi)  Italian, Bronze, partially oil-gilt, silver inlay, on serpentinite socle, Italian, Mantua
Shield Bearer with the Ducal Arms of Saxony, Hans Daucher  German, Honestone (Jurassic limestone), partially polychromed and gilt, German, Augsburg
ca. 1520
Allegory of Virtues and Vices at the Court of Charles V, Hans Daucher  German, Honestone (Jurassic limestone), traces of gilding, German, probably Augsburg
ca. 1522
Cosimo I de' Medici (1519–1574), Duke of Florence, Baccio Bandinelli  Italian, Marble, Italian, Florence
Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist, Marble, partially gilt, Northern French, Île-de-France (?)
Northern French, Île-de-France (?)
ca. 1525–50
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Wardropper, Ian Bruce. 2011. European Sculpture, 1400-1900, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Highlights of the Collection. New York New Haven London: Metropolitan museum of art distributed by Yale university press.