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This show brings together five millennia of masterworks in bronze from Asia, Africa and Europe.
Giovanfrancesco Rustici, The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist, 1511
Photo by Antonio Quattrone, Florence
Rare pieces including a Danish bronze and gold chariot from the 14th century BC, ancient Chinese ritual vessels, and Etruscan masterpieces, will help celebrate the enduring artistic medium of bronze, an alloy consisting mainly of copper.
Also included will be pieces by Renaissance masters of the bronze-casting process such as Ghiberti, Donatello and Cellini, and more modern works by Rodin, Brancusi, Matisse, Picasso, Jasper Johns, Moore and Bourgeois. The exhibition covers the themes animals, gods, human figure, relief, heads and objects to demonstrate the awesome power of the medium across the ages.
Picasso's Baboon and Young, 1951 was created by the artist by using his son's toy cars to form the head, a pot to create the body and a steel spring for the tail, illustrating the varied processes applied to create works in bronze.
Make sure you spot the Ewer discovered in Ghana by British soldiers in 1890 and traced back to the reign of Richard III in 1390. How the piece made its way to Africa is a mystery but the regal emblems adorning it are superb.
In the groups room, watch out for some frisky couples. The Satyr and Satyress, 1532-43 were separated by prudish Victorians however you can see them here happily reunited.
£13 with National Art Pass (standard entry £14)
Sat – Thu, 10am – 6pm (last admission to galleries 5.30pm)
Fri, 10am – 10pm (last admission to galleries 9.30pm)
Telephone 0844 209 0051
What the critics say
It is a moving and inspiring encounter with some of the greatest art in the world and you can't ask more of a blockbuster than that.
This ambitious show brings some of the most finely wrought objects together as the alloy makes a return to fashion
Bronze at the Royal Academy of Arts is a grand exhibition of epic conception and sweep that will leave people exhilarated
Works in the most durable medium in the history of art are assembled in a bravura display
Masterpieces of antiquity jostle with ridiculous figures of fun in a muddled but unmissable show