One of the classic materials of sculpture, bronze has long been used by sculptors to create complex and beautiful forms, three-dimensional realisations of the most vivid human emotions and experiences. The outstanding collection of European bronze sculptures formed by Peter Marino, here catalogued for the first time and beautifully photographed by Maggie Nimkin, is built around an exploration of the human form, as depicted in this lustrous and sensuous material. With a specific focus on French and Italian bronzes of the 17th and early 18th centuries, the age of High Baroque, the collection includes masterpieces by some of the greatest sculptors in bronze of their age, among them Ferdinando Tacca, Giovanni Battista Foggini, Robert Le Lorrain and Corneille van Clève.
The bronzes presented in this catalogue also illustrate the lively interchange of artists and ideas between Florence, Paris and Rome, the three leading European artistic centres during this period. They say much about the cultural preoccupations of their age, from the eternal fascination of artists and patrons with the ancient world to more modern concerns, such as contemporary theatre and the legacy of great modern sculptors such as Giambologna and Bernini.
Above all, the bronzes in the Marino Collection are wonderful works of art, whose beauty and power speak across the centuries to today's audience.