Journal Article

‘I was to have all the finest’: Renaissance bronzes from J. Pierpont Morgan to Henry C. Frick

Flaminia Gennari-Santori

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 22, issue 2, pages 307-324
Published in print November 2010 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhq001
‘I was to have all the finest’: Renaissance bronzes from J. Pierpont Morgan to Henry C. Frick

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In the first decade of the twentieth century John Pierpont Morgan assembled a collection of Renaissance bronzes which rapidly became the most important of its kind in private hands. The collection, which until 1912 was on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, was the result of joint efforts on the part of dealers, experts and Morgan himself to establish a record for the marketing, value and interpretation of Renaissance bronzes. In 1912 Morgan's entire collection was shipped to New York and while it was on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was dispersed. In order to analyse the cultural and economic implication of this transatlantic relocation, the article examines the making of Morgan's collection of Renaissance bronzes within the context of European connoisseurship, its reception in New York, its acquisition and dispersal by Joseph Duveen and its partial purchase by Henry C. Frick, a collector of profoundly different character.

Journal Article.  12799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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