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 Italian Renaissance and Baroque Bronze Sculpture from the Robert Lehman Collection

Mars (detail), ca. 1600. After a model by or in the style of Tiziano Aspetti (Italian, Padua 1559/1565–1607 Pisa). Bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.1387a)

Exhibition objects

  • Front panel of a writing box (decorated with centaurs and nymphs)
    Front panel of a writing box (decorated with centaurs and nymphs)

    model attributed to Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (Italian, active by 1496, died before 1543)

    Date: cast 16th century
    Accession Number: 1975.1.1332

  • Side panel of a writing box (decorated with Medusa mask)
    Side panel of a writing box (decorated with Medusa mask)

    model attributed to Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (Italian, active by 1496, died before 1543)

    Date: cast 16th century
    Accession Number: 1975.1.1333

  • Medusa mask
    Medusa mask

    model attributed to Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (Italian, active by 1496, died before 1543)

    Date: cast 16th century
    Accession Number: 1975.1.1334

  • Candelabra Supported by Putti
    Candelabra Supported by Putti

    Workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636)

    Date: first half 17th century or later
    Accession Number: 1975.1.1380

  • Candlestick Supported by Putti
    Candlestick Supported by Putti

    Workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636)

    Date: first half 17th century or later
    Accession Number: 1975.1.1381

  • Andiron
    Andiron

    Model, workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636)

    Date: 17th century or later
    Accession Number: 1975.1.1387a, b

Italian Renaissance and Baroque Bronze Sculpture from the Robert Lehman Collection

May 21, 2013–January 2, 2014

In celebration of the recently published catalogue of Robert Lehman's collection of European sculpture and metalwork, this exhibition presents a selection of Italian bronze sculpture of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, displayed as a group for the first time. Featuring bronze casts after models created by masters such as Severo da Ravenna and Desiderio da Firenze, this selection includes independent figural statuettes as well as functional objects created in key centers of Italian bronze production, in particular Padua and Venice. During the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, bronze statuettes were generally displayed in private studies, where they were accompanied by functional aids to scholarship such as inkwells, writing boxes, and candleholders. The scholars who inhabited these studies often had a profound interest in classical antiquity. Thus, it is unsurprising that classicizing motifs and figures from Greco-Roman mythology abound in these small works in bronze.