The Golden Age (Aetas Aurea)

(1886/probably cast c. 1946-1950)

Medardo Rosso, Italian, b. Turin, 1858–1928

Beeswax over plaster, 20 11/16 x 19 5/16 x 11 1/4 in. (52.4 x 49 x 28.3 cm) (with base) BASE: 2 3/8 x 11 1/4 x 7 in. (6 x 28.6 x 17.8cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4407

Provenance:
Francesco Rosso (son of the Artist), by 1950
Clotilde (Tilde) Longoni Rosso (wife of Francesco), to 1961
Peridot Gallery, New York, to 5 June 1961 (through agent Anita de Cristofaro in Milan)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 5 June 1961-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
[PERIDOT GALLERY, New York. "The First Exhibition in America of
Sculpture by Medardo Rosso, 1858-1928," 15 December 1958-16 January 1959, no. 3. (Catalog with introduction by Giorgio Nicodemi.)]
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 406.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Medardo Rosso," 2 October-23 November 1963, no. 8. (Book by Margaret Scolari Barr.)
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, pp. 61, 742, ill. 95.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Images of Children," 17 August-4 November 1979, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Art From Italy: A Selection from the Museum's Collection," 31 January-8 April 1984, checklist no. 38.

Published References:
KRAMER, HILTON. "Medardo Rosso," Arts Magazine 34 (December 1959), p. 32, ill.
UNSIGNED. "Italy's Sculptor of Impressionism," Time 82 (11 October
1963), colorplate p. 18.
TILLIM, SIDNEY. "Month in Review," Arts Magazine 38 (November 1963),
p. 29.
SELTZ, JEAN. Modern Sculpture: Origins and Evolution (New York:
George Braziller, 1963), plate 5.
MEHLINGER, HOWARD, and JOHN THOMPSON (eds.) "The Teaching of World History," Social Education 39 (October 1975), cover ill.
COURTHION, PIERRE. "Le plus grand musee de sculpture du monde:
La collection Hirshhorn," XXe Siecle 45 (December 1975), p. 32.
PARK, EDWARDS. Treasures of the Smithsonian (Washington, DC:
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983), p. 160, ill. p. 162.
ZACHAROPOULOS, DENYS. "Liberations," Art Forum (March 1986), p. 82, ill. 81.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Symbolism