Bertoldo di Giovanni, Shield Bearer, early 1470s, gilded bronze.
Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence is the first exhibition to focus on the Florentine sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni (ca. 1440–1491). This monographic display of more than twenty statues, reliefs, medals, and statuettes will bring together the artist’s entire extant oeuvre and is exclusive to the New York City institution, which owns the only sculptural figure by the artist outside of Europe. This comprehensive exhibition will offer the first chance to fully explore longstanding questions of attribution, function, groupings, and intended display. The exhibition of Bertoldo’s artistic production in bronze, wood, and terracotta will highlight the ingenuity of the sculptor’s design across media. A number of objects that share common iconography will be included, displayed in a way that will shed light on his creative process, which has puzzled scholars for the past century.
(Photo courtesy of The Frick Collection.)