New exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes at the Frick Collection

Cynthia Drayton

Cynthia Drayton Exhibitions

New York City’s Frick Collection recently opened an exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from the collection of Janine and J. Tomilson Hill. Displayed are thirty-three statuettes, sculptures, and a relief by masters of the Italian, German, Dutch, and French schools of the late fifteenth into the eighteenth century. One highlight is a pair of bronzes titled Sleeping Hermaphrodite and Reclining Venus after terracotta models attributed to François Duquesnoy and Thibault Poissant commissioned by the celebrated seventeenth-century French sculptor François Girardon for his personal collection. An added pleasure for admirers of French decorative arts is that the gilded-wood couches supporting the bronzes are attributed to the versatile French designer Gilles-Marie Oppenord, Girardon’s neighbor at the Louvre. Oppenord did a series of drawings of Girardon’s sculpture collection, including these bronzes, in imaginary architectural settings, which were engraved and published by Nicolas Chevalier, c. 1709.

  • François Girardon (Troyes, 1628-1715, Paris)  Sleeping Hermaphrodite, cast after a terracotta model attributed to François Duquesnoy, 1699-1709. Bronze, on original carved gilt-wood base attributed to Gilles-Marie Oppenord.

    21 x 23.2 x 43.5 cm.

    Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill.

    Maggie Nimkin Photography.

  • François Girardon, (Troyes, 1628-1715, Paris)  Reclining Venus, cast after a terracotta model attributed to Thibault Poissant, 1699-1709.

    Bronze, on original carved gilt-wood base attributed to Gilles-Marie Oppenord.

    24 x 23.5 x 42.5 cm.

    Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill.

    Maggie Nimkin Photography

  • Installation view at The Frick Collection showing reclining figures commissioned by François Girardon, from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill; photo: Michael Bodycomb.

Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection * to  June 15, 2014 * The Frick Collection, New York * frick.org