The Garden Court at The Frick Collection is an exquisite spot for the display of sculpture, and full advantage is being taken with the exhibition "Willem van Trode (c. 1525-1580): Bronze Sculptures of the Rennaisance." The important Dutch sculptor was greatly influenced by his work and study in Italy over a 20-year period, and accordingly, this inspired Italian-oriented work in the Netherlands.
Some 40 of Tetrode's bronzes are on display. Some works are modeled after renowned classical pieces, and what is interesting is the possibility of observing the relationship between Tetrode's artistry and those who influenced him. During his stay in Italy he worked for Benvenuto Cellini and others.
The exhibition reveals his special gift of capturing the male figure and giving the impression of being in motion. Various works depicting Hercules are important in the exhibit. There are also different renditions of Mercury.
There is much pleasure in strolling through the Garden Court and studying Tetrode's work, as well as enjoying the surroundings in which they look so much at home. The exhibition was curated by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and co-organized by the Frick. Through September 7th at the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street. Phone: 212-288-0700.