Gilded Figures: Wood and Clay Made Flesh

October 22 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York have recently opened a rather brilliant sounding exhibition entitled Gilded Figures: Wood and Clay Made Flesh.

According to their website:

This splendid exhibition will offer a rare glimpse of a major art form from the Hispanic World 1500–1800: polychrome sculpture. Building on the legacy which Archer M. Huntington left the museum, the institution has added to its holdings of this material so that today the HSM&L boasts the finest collection of these works outside Spain. Until recently, this vivid sculpture went largely unnoticed, but now it elicits enthusiastic responses. Even so, Gilded Figures is the first event in New York to feature this art form in the last 20 years. The over 20 sculptures exhibited will not only attest to the high level of artistic production, but they will also include major works by women artists and show how the stylistic conventions of Spain were adapted in the New World.

The exhibition will be accompanied by some rather interesting lectures and events and ultimately will run until 9th January 2022.

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