Bronzes, mostly small in scale, from collections at the Getty in Los Angeles. The earliest was made in 1543 and the latest in 1630. As a group, they span the century when Mannerism was shading into Baroque.
|Willem Danielsz van Tetrode |
Mars & Venus
Dog & Bear
|Adriaen de Vries|
|after Gian Lorenzo Bernini|
|Giovanni Francesco Susini|
Abduction of Helen by Paris
|attributed to Francesco Primaticcio|
The final object (an exotic oddity, celebrity-haunted, and new to the museum) has naturally attracted curatorial attention –
"This intriguing sculpture was cast from the female head of the ancient marble statue Cesi Juno (Rome, Capitoline Museum), which Michelangelo described as the most beautiful object in Rome. It may be one of the bronze casts after antique Roman statues that the French king Francis I commissioned from Primaticcio, his court artist for the château at Fontainebleau outside Paris. Double Head is depicted in a print of about 1650 above the entrance to a garden at Fontainebleau. It then passed to several famous collectors, including the 18th-century connoisseur Pierre Crozat and the 20th-century designer Yves Saint Laurent."