Art: Buffalo Bronzes

Melt copper with tin and you get bronze, probably the oldest, certainly one of the most useful alloys in the world. Last week the Albright Art Gallery of Buffalo popped into the spotlight with an exhibition illustrating the history of bronze-casting from about 3000 B.C. to the 20th Century. Eschewing such utilitarian objects as Roman swords, motorboat propellers and bank tellers' cages, the gallery has assembled a collection of 173 statuettes, all of them of first rank, only one (a Degas figurine) the property of the Albright Art Gallery. Most liberal lenders were...

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