French Sculpture Census

photo credit : David Heald / Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
artist © : public domain

ROSSO, Medardo
Turin, Italy 1858 - Milano, Italy 1928

Aetas Aurea, ou L'Eta d'oro
The Golden Age

1886
wax over plaster

bust
19 x 18 1/4 x 14
signed and inscribed: a Talboom

Acc. No. : 1992.A.02
Credit Line : Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center

www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Provenance

  • Artist
  • 1889, Collection of Leon Talboom
  • 1969, October 16, Florence, sold
  • Manuel Barthold
  • 1977, March 11, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries
  • New York, Shickman Gallery
  • 1999, December 8, New York, Sotheby's, sold to
  • 1999, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection

Bibliography

  • 2003 Nash, Giménez and Brenson
    Steven A. Nash, Carmen Giménez, Michael Brenson, A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Dallas, The Nasher Foundation, 2003 (first published in 1997, expanded and republished in 2003 by The Nasher Foundation on the occasion of the inauguration in October 2003 of the Nasher Sculpture Center), p. 72-73, repr., 365

Exhibition

  • Museum's website:
  • 1996-1997 San Francisco/New York
    A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, October 26, 1996 - January 12, 1997; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6 - June 1, 1997. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 2003-2004 Dallas
    From Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, October 20, 2003 - September 2004.
  • 2004 Dallas
    Second Impressions: The Sculpture of Medardo Rosso, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, April 3 - June 20, 2004. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 2004-2005 Dallas
    Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, September 2004 - July 2005.
  • 2008-2009 Dallas
    In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, September 20, 2008 – January 4, 2009. Exhibition pamphlet

Comment



Museum's website:
Rosso's cast wax and plaster sculptures are unique within modern sculpture. In the process of making bronze sculptures, a wax "core" is generally cast but eventually melted away. Rosso accepted this wax core as his final product and added plaster for reinforcement. The artist made several casts of The Golden Age in a variety of materials, each time changing the composition slightly. Here, a corona of wax surrounds the composition, and a plaster footing raises the sculpture slightly.