‘Beauty and Power’: Rare bronze statuettes on display at Huntington Library

 
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Bronze sculpture is one figurative art form that lends itself most naturally to raw renderings of human emotion. The deep, lustrous metal alloy has a range of surface qualities that, in the hands of a capable sculptor, can be used to express vivid pathos.
Just take a look at these powerful photos of some of the 28 bronze statuettes that comprise “Beauty and Power,” a new exhibition at the Huntington Library.
Visitors to the exhibit are getting a rare look at Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from the private collection of New York architect Peter Marino.
Originating from Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands, the bronzes date back to between 1500 and the mid-18th century.
The exhibition opened at the Wallace Collection in London in April. Before that, most of the works never had been on public view.
The Huntington is the first venue in the exhibit’s U.S. tour.
On display through Jan. 24, 2011. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery at The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. (626) 405-2100, huntington.org
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Photos: Disneyland koi splash down at The Huntington in San Marino

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More than 250 koi splashed down Wednesday at their new home at The Huntington Library in San Marino. The colorful fish were a gift from Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, which needed to relocate them from a hotel koi pond.
The fish are now living swimming it up in a series of five lily ponds below The Huntington’s Jungle Garden, in another pond in the Japanese Garden and in a lake in the Chinese Garden.
The Huntington says “the new residents took to the water like — well — like fish to water.”
Some interspecies cuteness, as the fish mingle with other denizens of the gardens, after the jump:

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