This year Italy celebrates its 150th anniversary as a unified country (yes, we are younger than the USA…). “Italy @ 150″ is a series of events sponsored by the Italian Presidency and other institutions. One of the most interesting events is the exhibit of the Antico on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, through April 8, 2012.
Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (1455–1528), transformed the art of bronze sculpture. The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes, the first exhibition in the United States devoted to the Italian sculptor and goldsmith. The exhibition includes some 40 rare works—medals, reliefs, busts, and Antico’s renowned statuettes—more than three-quarters of the sculptor’s known works. The Frick Collection in New York is also a contributor. So, if you’re in the U.S. and travelling to the nation’s capital, do not miss it.