The Frick Collection presents the first-ever exhibition on the Florentine sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni (ca. 1440–1491), a renowned student of Donatello, a teacher of Michelangelo, and a great favorite of Lorenzo “il Magnifico” de’ Medici, his principal patron. More than twenty statues, reliefs, medals, and statuettes — constituting nearly his entire extant oeuvre — are on view exclusively at the Frick, which houses the only sculptural figure by Bertoldo outside of Europe. The exhibition highlights the ingenuity of the artist’s designs across media, including bronze, wood, and terracotta, and provides the first chance to fully explore longstanding questions of attribution, function, groupings, and intended display. Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence brings into focus the sculptor’s unique position at the heart of the artistic and political landscape in fifteenth-century Italy.
Bertoldo di Giovanni is the latest in a series of acclaimed Frick shows on Renaissance sculptors and is organized by Aimee Ng, Curator; Alexander J. Noelle, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow; and Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator; with the assistance of Julia Day, Conservator, who coordinated and conducted extensive scientific analysis of the objects. This important project is the result of a creative partnership with a major lender to the exhibition, the esteemed Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.
The accompanying catalogue, published in association with D Giles Ltd, London, and featuring contributions from an international group of scholars, is by far the most substantial text on Bertoldo ever produced.