The Robert H. Smith collection, bronzes 1500-1650
The fruit of sixteen years of discriminating acquisition on the international art market, Robert Smith's is one of the most important collections of European bronzes in private hands today. Consisting of thirty pieces, all of the highest quality, it embraces the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe in such a way that its components complement and enhance the appreciation of each other. Central to the collection is a group of thirteen pieces that illustrate the legacy of Giambologna in Florence, including the superb Nessus and Deianira by his pupil Antonio Susini, and the Hercules and Lichas, a unique record in bronze of a lost silver group by Giambologna himself. Around this are assembled pieces by independent contemporaries: Alessandro Vittoria and Francesco Segala in the Veneto, and the younger Genoese-born Niccolo Roccatagliata, whose surviving work is of the utmost rarity. A selection of fine early North Italian bronzes serves as an introduction to the collection, and the Netherlands and France are well represented - the former by Willem van Tetrode (who briefly worked with Cellini in Florence) and Jan Gregor van der Schardt; the latter by Barthelemy Prieur, official sculptor to Henry IV.
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Foreword by Cyril Humphris
Preface by Robert H Smith
Introduction by Anthony Radcliffe
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Adriaen de Vries afterwork Albert Museum Antonio Susini Arrotino ascribed ascription Avery Baldinucci Bargello base bell Berlin Bode bronze statuettes Bronzen Brook bull Cappelli cast catalogue Cessi Christie's cm PROVENANCE composition copy Cosimo Cyril Humphris Deianira engravings facture Ferdinando Tacca figure Florence Florentine formerly Francesco Fanelli Gallery Giambologna Giovanni Bologna Giovanni Francesco Susini Girardon Grandi height horse idem inventory after death Jacopo Joannides Keutner known Kunsthistorisches Museum Labours of Hercules Larsson Leithe-Jasper Liechtenstein lion London Mercury Metropolitan Museum Minerva model by Giovanni Museo Nessus noted Nuremberg original Padua pair Palazzo Paris pendant perfume burner Pietro Tacca Planiscig present bronze present model Radcliffe Rape relief Riccio Rijksmuseum Roccatagliata Rome Sabine satyr Schardt sculptor seventeenth century Bronze sixteenth century small bronze socle Sotheby's surface Tarquin and Lucretia Tetrode translucent lacquer Trent Twelve Labours Venice Victoria and Albert Vienna Vincenzo Vries Weihrauch workshop