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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Attributed to the Master of the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian (Austrian)
Date: probably mid-17th centuryAccession Number: 1982.60.129
Date: early 17th centuryAccession Number: 1982.60.105
Juan de Flandes (Netherlandish, active by 1496–died 1519 Palencia)
Date: ca. 1500–1504Accession Number: 1982.60.20
After a model by Giambologna (Netherlandish, Douai 1529–1608 Florence)
Date: mid-17th centuryAccession Number: 1982.60.100
Carlo Crivelli (Italian, Venice (?), active by 1457–died 1495 Ascoli Piceno)
Date: 1472Accession Number: 1982.60.5
Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, Cleve ca. 1485–1540/41 Antwerp)
Date: ca. 1525Accession Number: 1982.60.47
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Seven galleries were opened in 1982 to house the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection of almost four hundred European sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. Amassed over more than forty years, these works reflect the Linskys' highly personal collecting style, and their admiration for precious materials and rich details. Highlights include a mechanical table made for Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), the mistress of Louis XV, and rare examples of eighteenth-century French furniture displayed in settings that evoke the Linskys' Fifth Avenue apartment.
In the 1920s the Linskys began assembling a distinguished collection of eighteenth-century European porcelain from most of the major centers of ceramic production. The figures they favored reflect the contemporary fascination with representing individuals engaged in the activities of daily life, as well as characters from the popular Italian theater known as commedia dell'arte.
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