Recasting the Ancients
The small but elegant show of Antico on view at The Frick Collection through Sunday comes closer than any earlier attempt to uncovering the enigma of this master’s art. Part of what makes Antico so mysterious for us is the sharp difference of his sensibility from our own. Like so many of the great sculptors of the early Renaissance, Antico was trained as a goldsmith, but unlike, say, Ghiberti or Verrocchio, this experience was fundamental for every aspect of his technique and aesthetic.
July 25, 2012