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Bust Of A Young Man - Hans Tilman Riemenschneider
In its last phase Gothic sculpture cast off most of the conventions through which it had formerly ex-pressed itself and approached the complete naturalism of the Renaissance; but among the less accessible regions the Gothic habit lingered far longer than elsewhere...
The Virgin Annunciate - Benedetto Da Majano
This terracotta is the sketch Benedetto made for the figure of the Blessed Virgin in the famous altar-piece which he executed in the church of Monte Oliveto at Naples, whither he went from Florence, about 1485, to complete an unfinished work of Antonio Rossellino's.
Charity - Jacopo Sansovino
The bequest of the Altman Collection has increased from two to seven the examples of figure sculpture in Sansovino's style owned by the Museum, the two pieces previously shown being small Madonnas, one in bronze, the other in terracotta, the former attributed to the master himself, the other to his school.
The Madonna And Child - Luca Della Robbia
This charming group will doubtless win for itself an affectionate regard above that accorded to any other sculpture in the Altman bequest and above most of the Della Robbia figures available to the American public.
The Young Saint John Baptist - Mino Da Fiesole
Almost every artist evolves a type of face which he repeats throughout his work and it is interesting to trace between the two sculptures by Mino da Fiesole in the Altman bequest similarities in general conception and in detail, even though one is a portrait and the other an imaginative presentation of a sacred personage.
Virtue Overcoming Vice - Gian Bologna
Giovanni da Bologna, as he was formerly called, is the most typical sculptor of the Late Renaissance, who through personal force dominated an age of artistic decadence. Born in Flanders, he became a pupil of Michelangelo and worked most of his life in Florence, executing many famous pieces of statuary, among others the Flying Mercury of the Bargello, so well known the world over.
Peace And War By Alessandro Vittoria - Venetian, 15251608
These figures of Peace and War, or perhaps of Abundance and Athena, together with their rich bronze bases, formerly formed part of andirons similar to the complete pair, Nos. 55 and 56, on the opposite wall of this gallery. The Peace and War, however, show a more finished handling than the Mars and Venus and are as fine as any bronzes of the period.
Madonna And Child - Antonio Rossellino
Charm of sentiment and a fine artistry distinguish all Florentine sculpture of the fifteenth century and are found present to a high degree in this portrayal of Christ and His Mother, which represents one of the most popular Italian sculptors, Antonio Rossellino, at an especially happy moment.
Madonna And Child - Donatello
The poignant drama of the relation between the Child Christ and His Mother filled the mind of the sculptor of this relief, who handled the theme with ever-growing intensity in the frequent repetitions of the subject which every artist of the time was called upon to execute.
Venus And Neptune - Christophe Gabriel Allegrain
The easy grace and flowing lines of this pair of statuettes distinguish them as works which could have been produced in no less sophisticated a period than the eighteenth century in France, although the figures have a statuesque quality reminiscent of the bronzes of the High Renaissance.
The Young Saint John Baptist - Donatello
Among all Renaissance sculpture perhaps no single relief has won wider or more deserved popularity than this, which is chiefly familiar through the better-known version in sandstone existing in the National Museum in Florence.
Bust Of A Man - Roman, First Century B.c. To First Century A.d.
Such artistic genius as the Romans possessed found its expression in realistic portraiture rather than in more imaginative works; for the Roman mind could grasp the practical facts of an existence, the poetical and fanciful aspects of which it could only partly apprehend.
Triton - Adriaen De Vries
Adriaen de Vries worked in Italy, Bohemia, and Germany. As a pupil of Gian Bologna, De Vries adopted an Italian manner which had in it but little trace of Teutonic character.
Mercury Tying His Sandal - Jean Baptiste Pigalle
Pigalle was one of the most masculine of the eighteenth-century sculptors and in spirit belongs more to the days of Louis XIV than to the less grandiloquent time of that monarch's successor. Pigalle had great influence on the next generation of sculptors and is considered to rank among the most eminent artists of France...
The Bather - Jean Antoine Houdon
Houdon, the pupil of Pigalle, and the great sculptor of the eighteenth century, has always been appreciated in this country from the time when, in the early days of the republic, he came to the United States to execute the famous portrait-statue of Washington and on the same visit carried out a number of lesser works which have remained here ever since.
The Intoxication Of Wine - Claude Michel, Called Clodion
Clodion and Houdon are today held in almost equal honor, although the former must always be remembered as an artist who did a small thing consummately well, whereas the latter's genius extended over a far larger field.
Venus Instructing Cupid - Etienne-maurice Falconet
Falconet was one of those sculptors of the eighteenth century who won fame by doing a small thing superlatively well, and although his ideas were limited to a small compass and his handling without variety, he achieved within his limitations a high perfection and a lasting popularity.
Bacchus And A Nymph, With Cupid - Claude Michel, Called Clodion
In this group, as in the Bacchante and Satyr, No. 75, Clodion's naive and happy paganism is expressed with a sophistication and finish rarely equaled in art and possible only in the century which produced him.
Louise Brongniart - Jean Antoine Houdon
Among all the portrait busts of distinguished excellence which Houdon executed, his frequent studies of children are, perhaps, the best, since fondness for his small sitters led him to put especial devotion into any subject in which children had a part.
THE valley of the Tigris and Euphrates has from a very remote period of civilization been celebrated as the source of the world's finest rug-weaving; and, although all the productions of Assyrian, Medean, and Sassanian carpet looms have long since perished...
IN GALLERY FIVE are hung three tapestries of I high excellence, the largest, No. 79, being the earliest of the three. It is a late Gothic example, made in Brussels about the year 1500, finely woven with gold and silver threads among the linen, silk, and wool of which the main fabric is composed.
THE thirty-nine pieces of furniture included in the Altman bequest represent a period of manufacture extending over little more than the hundred years between the third quarter of the sixteenth century and the end of the seventeenth, a time which saw the last fruition of the Renaissance and the transition through the style of decoration known as the Baroque toward that called the Rococo.
Miscellaneous Objects
THE ALTMAN COLLECTION includes a small number of objects of varying character not already referred to and exhibited mostly in GALLERY 5. Beginning with the WEST WALL of this room, the four large plates hung above the cabinet, No. 99, are of interest as exemplifying three almost contemporary but widely different forms of faience or majolica.
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