Sunday, July 15, 2007

"DESIDERIO DA SETTIGNANO, SCULPTOR OF RENAISSANCE FLORENCE" is on view through Oct. 8 in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, on the north side of the Mall at Seventh Street NW. It was organized by the National Gallery in collaboration with the Louvre in Paris and the Bargello Museum in Florence. It makes its only U.S. stop in Washington. This is the first exhibition dedicated to Desiderio, and features almost 30 works by him and other sculptors in his circle. The works include Desiderio's sacred reliefs, which are among his best-known pieces, but also a relief of Julius Caesar that is just as stunning. There are also examples of his free-standing busts of adults, and especially of children, for which he was a great pioneer. A hardcover catalogue ($65) accompanies the show, with scholarly essays as well as illustrated entries on all the objects in it. Call 202-737-4215 or visit http://www.nga.gov.

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