Hotel Atlanta Amsterdam
Hotel Atlanta Amsterdam


Bronze sculpture from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1450-1800
Sept 3, 2007 , Source :

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
From March 9 until September 16, 2007

From March 9, the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht is presenting the best of three centuries of Western European bronze sculpture. The 50 bronze sculptures from the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam are by Dutch, Italian and German artists, such as Verrocchio, Hendrick de Keyser, Giambologna and Adriaen de Vries. From Vulcan's Forge refers to the Roman god of fire, Vulcan, who was smith to the gods, without whom these bronze statues would not have existed. The exhibition has been held previously in London and Vienna.

The highlights of the exhibition include a bronze candelabra made for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Burgundian statues from the tomb of Isabella of Bourbon and four bronze gargoyles in the shape of griffins. There are many mythological and heroic figures on display, as well as decorative objects and implements, such as a perfume burner and a door knocker. At the entrance to the exhibition is the eye-catching, larger-than-life Mercury and Psyche, after Adriaen de Vries.

In 2005, groundbreaking research was carried out in Switzerland through neutron radiography and tomography. This made it possible to see into the bowels of the statue. This technique has yielded a lot of new information about the period in which the statues were made, use of materials, techniques, and the changes and additions that have been made to the statues over the years. In a separate room monitors will show how these research methods are applied to bronze sculpture in practice.



HOTEL ATLANTA - Rembrandspleint 8-10, Amsterdam
T : +31-(0)20-625 3585, F : +31(0)20-624 9141