Renaissance - Styles and Influences
(1st half 16th c.)
The humanists and artists of the Renaissance collected classical sculpture, especially small bronzes. The demand for the latter among the newly rich urban population was such, that to fulfill it, artists began making copies of Antique classical models. Small figures were easy to transport and so helped to spread the Renaissance spirit to the rest of Europe. During the 16th c. furniture production began to be important - armchairs, tables, chests (Italian cassoni) - several valuable pieces of furniture are on exhibit here.