Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



the Historic Plaster Cast collection

In 2004, the Metropolitan Museum of Art donated a historic collection of 120 plaster casts to the ICAA. The Metropolitan identified the ICAA as an appropriate steward of this significant collection due to the Institute’s ongoing efforts to perpetuate the classical tradition in architecture and the related arts. The collection of plaster casts represents rare, high artistry in the craft of mold making and casting, and is an invaluable part of an education in traditional architecture and the allied arts. The ICAA uses the cast collection as a visual teaching aid, enabling students to view and draw from the finest examples of classical elements from masterpieces abroad.

Highlights of the plaster cast collection are on view in the ICAA’s Plaster Cast Gallery by appointment. School groups are encouraged to visit. Please email or call (212) 730-9646 × 116 to arrange a visit.

The Plaster Cast Gallery is possible thanks to the generous support of Flower Construction, Foster Reeve & Associates, and Seth Weine.