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Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution

Curator James Draper speaks about a tradition of bronze sculpture developed in France beginning in the sixteenth century. While influenced by achievements of the Italian Renaissance, the French tradition manifested its own distinct refinement and force. Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, on view at the Met in 2009, included over one hundred of the finest statuettes, portrait busts, and monuments by masters such as Germain Pilon, Barthélemy Prieur, Michel Anguier, François Girardon, Antoine Coysevox, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and Jean-Antoine Houdon. Seen together, these works revealed the French genius for bronze from the late Renaissance through the times of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI.

James Draper, curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Learn more from James David Draper and Chairman Ian Wardropper:
http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/audio/exhibitions/035-special-exhibition-cast-in-bronze-french-sculpture-from-renaissance-to-revolution

Learn more about European sculpture at the Met:
http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/european-sculpture-and-decorative-arts

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