By Jane Bassett
With contributions by Peggy Fogelman,
David A. Scott, and Ronald C. Schmidtling II

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The sculptor Adriaen de Vries (1556–1626) spent much of his life working for the most discerning royal courts of the age, including that of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. A master of composition and technique, de Vries was relatively unknown until the J. Paul Getty Museum's groundbreaking 1999 exhibition, Adriaen de Vries: Imperial Sculptor, which firmly established the artist’s reputation and afforded a rare opportunity for in-depth study of a large group of bronzes.

This heavily illustrated volume presents the results of the technical study of twenty-five bronzes from the exhibition. Introductory chapters provide background on the artist and technical methodologies. Subsequent chapters present case studies of individual statues, revealing the methods and materials used in their creation. The book will be of great interest to conservators, conservation scientists, art historians, curators, and sculptors.

Jane Bassett is associate conservator of decorative arts and sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Peggy Fogelman is director of education and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum. David A. Scott is chair of the UCLA/Getty Master’s Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials. Ronald C. Schmidt-ling II is a geologist in private practice in Los Angeles.

352 pages
100 color and 220 b/w illustrations

This book can be ordered online.