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By Joseph Romero

NEW YORK, 11 APRIL 2013Antico, The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes, was, by any measure, one of the most exquisite little shows on view in New York in 2012. The sixteenth-century Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi (c. 1455-1528), who was the focus of the exhibition, earned the nickname 'Antico' because of his highly refined bronze reductions of Greco-Roman antiquities. His bronzes are currently so rare that the 40 works in the exhibition — including medals, reliefs, busts, and the renowned statuettes — constitute over three fourths of the sculptor's extant oeuvre. For those unable to see the show, the suberb catalogue that accompanied the Frick Collection exhibition (first seen at the National Gallery in Washington, DC) is a striking example of scholarship and visual refinement. Whether for one's own library or as a gift, this beautiful book can be acquired without the slightest hesitation.

ANTICO: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
By Eleonora Luciano
Hardcover: 210-pages, 163 illustrations
The National Gallery of Art and Paul Holberton Publishing (November 2011)
ISBN-10: 190737227X
ISBN-13: 978-1907372278

Joseph Romero is Editor in Chief of Culturekiosque.

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