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Collections and Critiques

Central American Art, Bronze Venus Among Exhibits At Fogg


In Gallery 10 of the Fogg Museum is an exhibit of photographs and water colors of Central American pottery, sculpture, and architecture, loaned by the Carnegie Institute of Washington and the Peabody Museum.

The exhibition was arranged by Francis G. Richardson '34, who assisted in the excavation of some of the pieces during the last four years in Yucatan, Guatamala, and British Honduras.

Water Color Reproductions

Most striking in the collection is a series of brilliant reproductions of Mayan pottery, done in water colors by Tejeda, a native Guatamalan of the expedition. The Guatamalan government allows none of the originals to be taken from the country.

Not all the photographs are of recently excavated material; some are of architecture discovered as much as 40 years ago; but this is the first time that they have been on exhibit. The pottery and sculpture dates from the middle of the fourth century A.D. through several hundred years not definitely known.

Bronze Venus

Recently acquired by the Fogg Art Museum is a statuette, probably a contemporary copy, of a Venus by Giovanni; Bologna, who worked in Florence in the 16th Century. The figure is small, being but ten inches high and owes its elegance to the high lustre of its dark bronze as well as to its interplay of line.

For many years the statuette has been in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as a loan from Grenville L. Winthrop. Now it has generously been given by him to the Fogg where it will join his other bronze, the imaginary portrait bust of the young Marcus Aurelius.

During the late Renaissance, Bologna was the foremost sculptor of large and even colossal statues; likewise he was foremost as a producer of statuettes. It is in the latter that the "contortions" inherited from the aged Michael Angelo are far less disturbing than in his larger works.

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