Ages of Bronze: European Sculpture 1500-1900

September 26 – December 17, 2000

This exhibition investigated the uses of bronze and bronze casting in Europe across four centuries.

Drawn from the Smart Museum's collection, the works on view explored three principal themes: the Italian Renaissance interest in ancient Greek and Roman bronzes, the production of copies that flourished in the baroque age with the support of a growing industry in travel and collecting, and the influence of bronze casting on a new middle class market for the visual arts in nineteenth-century France.