Bertoldo di Giovanni

GBP £59.95



ISBN: 978-1-911282-43-3

496 Pages

292 x 216 mm (8 ½ x 11 ½ in)

272 colour illustrations

In association with The Frick Collection, New York

October 2019


A landmark publication on the influential Renaissance sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni, who was a pupil of Donatello and a teacher of Michelangelo

“This comprehensive monograph proves Bertoldo di Giovanni was more than a bridge between Donatello and Michelangelo.” “Outstanding”—Jeremy Warren, The Art Newspaper

“The most consequential text on the sculptor yet produced. With this volume to add to bookshelves and course syllabi, Bertoldo may become, if not quite the household name he was in his own time, at least a more familiar one in ours.“—Daniel M. Zolli, Apollo

“[The] impressive catalogue is the most comprehensive publication on Bertoldo di Giovanni to date…One of the most thrilling aspects is the inclusion of numerous reproductions of the objects on view…The curators and contributors have done a great service for scholars of early Renaissance sculpture”—Victoria Ehrlich, The Burlington Magazine

“Revelatory” “[Bertoldo’s] work breathes all the excitement of experimentation and rapid change”—Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books

“A sumptuously illustrated, 496-page catalogue chock full of the erudition that Frick projects are known for”—Lee Rosenbaum, CultureGrrl

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Essays by Peter Jonathan Bell, Lorenz Böninger, Francesco Caglioti, Stefano Casciu, Ilaria Ciseri, Maria Grazia Cordua, Julia Day, Caroline Elam, Scott Nethersole, Alexander J. Noelle, Aimee Ng, Neville Rowley, Xavier F. Salomon, and Peter Stiberc
Entries by Aimee Ng, Alexander J, Noelle, Xavier f. Salomon
Conversation with James David Draper

Renaissance sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni (ca. 1440–1491) was a student of Donatello, a teacher of Michelangelo, and a favourite of Lorenzo de’ Medici “il Magnifico”, his principal patron. Bertoldo was one of the first sculptors to create statuettes in bronze. With an overview of the artist’s entire oeuvre—including The Frick Collection’s Shield Bearer, the only Bertoldo sculpture outside of Europe—this major scholarly catalogue is the most substantial text on Bertoldo ever produced. Featured are contributions from renowned international scholars who bring into focus the sculptor’s unique position at the heart of the artistic and political landscape in fifteenth-century Italy.

Author biographies

Aimee Ng is Associate Curator at The Frick Collection

Alexander J. Noelle is the 2017–19 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection

Xavier F. Salomon is the Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection

Table of Contents

  1. Director’s Foreword
  2. Preface and Acknowledgments
  3. Conversation with James David Draper
  4. The Life and Artwork of Bertoldo di Giovanni by Alexander J . Noelle
  5. The Bronze Statuette in Fifteenth-Century Florence and Bertoldo di Giovanni by Peter Jonathan Bell
  6. Bertoldo’s Place between Donatello and Michelangelo by Francesco Caglioti
  7. Custode and Capo: Bertoldo di Giovanni in Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Sculpture Garden by Caroline Elam
  8. Wilhelm von Bode and the Rediscovery of Bertoldo di Giovanni by Neville Rowley
  9. The Indefinite Identities of Bertoldo di Giovanni’s Shield Bearers by Alexander J . Noelle
  10. Battling for Meaning: Bertoldo’s Bronze Relief in the Bargello by Scott Nethersole
  11. Bertoldo di Giovanni, “Outstanding Manufacturer of Medals”: Some Observations by Xavier F. Salomon
  12. Beyond Bronze: Bertoldo’s Work in Other Media by Aimee Ng
  13. Bertoldo, a Carver in Bronze by Julia Day
  14. The Wooden St. Jerome in the Pinacoteca Comunale in Faenza: A Carved and Modeled Sculpture by Peter Stiberc
  15. The Glazed Terracotta Frieze of the Medici Villa at Poggio a Caiano: Technique, Execution, Conservation, and Restoration by Stefano Casciu and Maria Grazia Cordua
  16. Housing Problems of a Renaissance Artist by Lorenz Böninger
  17. In the Rooms of the Princes and the Grand-Ducal Gallery: The Bronzes of Bertoldo before the Bargello by Ilaria Ciseri
  18. Catalogue of the Exhibition
  19. Appendix: The Life and Artwork of Bertoldo di Giovanni in Archival Documents
  20. Bibliography
  21. About the Authors
  22. Index