A not to be missed fascinating, and varied display of statues from around the world, made in bronze, is on display at the Royal Academy in London’s Piccadilly until December 9, 2012. Over 150 pieces date back from antiquity to the present day.
The high light has to be the 2,300-year-old Dancing Satyr, found in 1998 by Italian fishermen, now compared to Michelangelo’s David in importance. I found the exhibition well thought out, with the pieces not displayed by date but rather by type – people, animals, vessels, bowls, and oil lamps. There is even a section for Gods! Enlightening is the room devoted to the processes involved in their making. This includes a seven-minute film showing how a bronze statue is cast.
I was delighted to see the wild boar Il Porcellino Pietro Tacca that is frequently copied having seen one, as per my photo, in a market in Florence.
Works include pieces by Matisse, Picasso and Henry Moore as well as a bust of Catherine de Medici lent by HRH The Queen.
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