Friday 30 June to Friday 7 July 2023

The Alchemist’s Laboratory: Giambologna’s Forge in Florence

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Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Few European cities have captured the public imagination like Florence in the late sixteenth century. Under the rule of the Medici family, the city became an open-air workshop for painters, architects, goldsmiths, and sculptors. It was also a site for exchange and experimentation, where artists and artisans dialogued with poets, theologians, and natural philosophers.

The exhibition The Alchemist's Laboratory reflects the unique atmosphere of Florence at this time in history by focusing on the studio of one of its most illustrious inhabitants, the sculptor Giambologna.

While it did not seek to create the philosopher's stone, Giambologna's forge changed the state of metals, pouring together contemporary religious sentiment and pagan mythology, and infusing artistic life into inert matter. Sculptors from all over Europe took part in this transformative process, learning from his skills, continuing to cast his models for over two centuries and thus testifying to the longevity of his creative strength.

Stuart Lochhead Sculpture will present a selection of five bronze models by the master during the summer edition of London Art Week 2023. The pieces include a rare model of the ‘Striding Mars' and of ‘Hercules and the Centaur', amongst others. The works are sold as a group, which has been assembled over two decades by an important private American collector. As such, the exhibition affords the unique opportunity to secure at once a ‘complete' collection that conveys the essence of a city that defined the course of European art history.

Previous exhibitions & fairs

Maastricht, The Netherlands
TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Stuart Lochhead Sculpture returns to Maastricht for the third year, following the great success of 2020, when the gallery sold a bust by the royal baroque sculptor François Girardon to the Château de Versailles, and 2022, with the sale of an important French Renaissance sculpture of the Madonna and Child to the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.
New York, USA
Master Drawings New York 2023
Stuart Lochhead Sculpture is pleased to announce its participation for the fifth year in a row to Master Drawings New York. The gallery will present a carefully curated showcase of sculptures from France, Italy, Germany and England, from the 17th to the 19th century called A Journey through Europe: Sculpture from the 17th to the 19th Century with a Special Selection of Works in Terracotta
London, UK
Natural Mastery: Lacquer and Silver Works from Japan
Stuart Lochhead and Sophie Richard are delighted to announce they will once again hold at their gallery in St James’s a special exhibition of Japanese art, Natural Mastery: Lacquer and Silver Works from Japan. In association with Ippodo Gallery [Tokyo and New York] the show will present the work of two contemporary artists, Jihei Murase and Shota Suzuki.