Sleeping Ariadne

Discobulus

Bust of Juno

Plaster Cast Collection

Scroll to browse highlights on view in the ICAA Cast Hall, including pieces deaccessioned from The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Dick Reid Teaching Collection.

In 2004, the Metropolitan Museum of Art deaccessioned a historic collection of 120 plaster casts. The Metropolitan Museum of Art identified the ICAA as an appropriate steward of this significant collection due to the organization’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. Read a brief history of the plaster cast collection.

Dick Reid is one of the world’s leading architectural artisans and restored numerous Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment-era buildings in and outside of London, including the Somerset House, Windsor Castle, and the Spencer House. In 2005, Mr. Reid retired and donated the items in his shop, some of which are also visible on this page, to be used as a visual teaching aid for the ICAA.

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

Visiting the Collection

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

Admission to view the collection is free. Please consider making a donation to support the collection and the ICAA's educational initiatives.

Discobolus
Greek

This piece is a Roman copy of a Greek statue by Myron from about 450 B.C. In the original the head is turned toward the hand which holds the disk (cf. No. 561). The Roman version was found in Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli and is now in the British Museum.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

69 x 45 x 18 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Diadoumenos
Greek

This is a full-scale 19th Century plaster cast from a Roman copy of the Greek bronze original by Polykleitos. Diadoumenos is a youth binding his head with a fillet, which was a sign of victory in the games. The curved upper body and poised feet imbue the youth’s form with vitality and movement. Found at Vaison, France, the original is now in the British Museum.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

75 x 39 x 23 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crouching Aphrodite
Greek

This is a cast of the Crouching Aphrodite (Venus de Vienne). It is a 19th Century plaster cast of a Roman copy of a statue by Daidalos of Bithynia, of the third century B.C. Aphrodite’s nude physique and voluptuous figure characterize her as the Greek goddess of love. First at Vienne, France, the original is presently at the Louvre Museum.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

43 x 20 x 27 in (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Sleeping Ariadne
Greek

According to Greek mythology, Ariadne was a princess of the kingdom of Crete. Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and helped him kill the Minotaur and escape the deadly labyrinth. Theseus was supposed to marry Ariadne and return with her to Athens, however, mid-voyage he abandoned her while she slept on the island of Naxos. The cast is copied from a statue, now housed in the Vatican, which is probably a Roman copy of a piece produced during the Hellenistic period.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

44 x 41 x 28 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata by Donatello
Renaissance

This cast is of the Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata by Donatello; it is a revival of the ancient Roman type. Completed around 1450, Donatello’s statue stands triumphantly outside of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

40 x 20 x 50 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Bust of Juno
Roman

Bust of Juno

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

46 x 30 x 19 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Corinthian Capital
Greek

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

23 x 18 x 18 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Pilaster Capital with Volute Scrolls

Ionic Capital in plaster with volute scrolls from a 19th century original.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

10 x 23 x 10 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Altarpiece (Pair)
Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

39 x 26 x 9 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Altarpiece (pair)
Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

39 x 26 x 9 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Church of San Miniato al Monte: Base with Lion's Feet
Renaissance

This cast is of a base with lion’s feet from from the Monument of Cardinal Jacopo of Portugal in the Chapel of San Giocomo in the Church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

22 x 29 x 11 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Church of Westerkerk: Column Capital 
Renaissance

The cast of the pilaster capital comes from the Church of Westerkerk in Ekhuisen, Holland designed by Jan Terwn Aertsz. This very simple detail is painted to resemble wood.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

24 x 16 x 9 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Vase Head
Greek

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

19 x 22 x 22 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Frieze Relief
Greek

This plaster cast is a piece of a decorative band of a larger unknown structure. The deeply carved floral motifs create visual interest through the interplay of light and shadow. The overlapping of the figural forms contributes to the viewer’s sense of depth as well as transforms what was once originally static, cold, lifeless marble into a dynamic scene of fecundity and growth. 

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

31 1/2 x 61 3/8 x 16 7/8 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Chapel roof boss from Sheffield Cathedral
Miscellany

Chapel roof coffered ceiling mock-up used in 1980s by architect Donald Buttress to finalize the color scheme and size of chapel ceiling.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

32 3/4 x 32 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore: Detail from Porta della Mondorla
Renaissance

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore was built over hundreds of years under the vision of multiple architects. The design began in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio, and then later continued under Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, and the artists who completed masterpieces for the Basilica’s interior. By the 15th Century, the structure was still without its dome. The design for the dome (first drawn by Cambio) returned to a classical model, like the Roman Pantheon. The original facade of the cathedral as designed by Cambio, also attributed to Giotto, was only completed in its lower half. Later, in 1587, the facade was dismantled by the Medici court and left bare till around 1864 with a competition won by Emilio de Fabris. The facade took on a Neo-Gothic style – white, red, and green marble creating an elegant picture. Three tall bronze doors provide entrances at the main portal beneath lunettes and a row of niches with all twelve apostles. The cast is a detail from the second doorway on the north called the Porta della Mondorla in the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, also known as the Duomo. The Porta della Mondorla was designed by Niccolo d’ Arezzo c. 1408. The cast shows a small relief depicting women, children, and wildlife in a floral surrounding.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

23 1/4 x 31 1/8 x 3 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Ionic capital with Alpha and Omega symbols 
Greek

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

14 x 12 x 5 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Plaster cast of a chimney-piece capital

This cast was taken from an original now in Althorp’s Great Room chimneypiece in Northamptonshire. 

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

8 5/8 x 13 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Volute scroll
Greek

Volute scroll with acanthus leaf, source unknown.

Dimensions

20 1/2 x 11 x 11 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Savoy Theatre - Center Boss
Miscellany

This piece was modeled and cast after a fire in the 1990s.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

2 13/16 in. dia: 8 11/16 in.

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Acanthus leaf

Fragment of a Corinthian Capital

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

13 13/16 x 11 x 6 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Gilded panel of Jacob and Esau from Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise 
Renaissance

This is a full-scale plaster cast version of the bronze Jacob and Esau figure panel of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise (1425 – 1452). The bronze panel is currently on display at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) in Florence, Italy. According to the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Torah, Jacob secures the blessing of his father and the command of the Jewish people after stealing the birthright of his brother Esau. The repetition of the arch is one early example of experimentation with perspective during the Italian Renaissance.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

36 x 57 x 9 3/4 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Building detail
Greek

Tiered architectural frieze, source unknown.

Dimensions

41 x 70 x 11 1/2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Spencer House Palm Room chimney piece "A"
Miscellany

This is a cast squeeze of a chimneypiece of Hesiod.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

23 1/4 x 11 x 5 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Spencer House Palm Room chimney piece "B"
Miscellany

A cast squeeze of a chimneypiece of Homer.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

14 x 12 x 6 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Putti centerpiece of chimneypiece in Dining Room of Spencer House
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

13 x 26 x 3 in.

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Pilaster capital
Greek

Erechtheion corner detail

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

20 x 27 1/2 x 10 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

A damaged pilaster capital
Greek

Source unknown.

Dimensions

23 x 23 1/2 x 12 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Frieze relief with figures and foliage

This cast is of a decorative relief panel inscribed with the date (1572) from the choir screen in the Church of Westerkerk. The original is from Enkhuizen, Holland.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

33 x 44 x 6 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Various patterned railing supports
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

28 x 3 x 3 in. each (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

The Stigmatization of Saint Francis
Renaissance

This piece is based on a relief panel from a carved pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano in Santa Croce, Florence.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

38 x 41 x 11 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Monument of Bishop Leonardo Salutati: Bracket
Renaissance

The Monument of the Bishop Leonardo Salutati resides in the Salutati Chapel of the Cathedral in Fiesole.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

13 x 26 x 11 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Erectheion coffer
Greek

This cast replicates a coffer from the Erechtheion. Coffers, sunken panels usually seen in a series, were used for the decoration of ceilings and vaults. The earliest examples are stone coffers from ancient Greece and Rome. The Erechtheion was constructed from 421 to 406 BC on the Acropolis of Athens. As one of the most decorative temples in Greek Architecture, it was built to replace the Temple of Athena, Nike. The name of the temple comes from its dedication to the Greek hero Ericthonius, or perhaps King Erectheus. On major feature of the Erechtheion is the porch of caryatids, often called the “Porch of the Maidens,” where six female figures are sculpted as supporting columns. The temple has two porches - a porch with caryatids and a porch with ionic columns.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

37 x 24 x 3 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Carved oak screen
Miscellany

The original screen is in carved oak. This replica is molded in expanded polyurethane foam, and has been stained and polished to match the original in St. Mary's Parish Church, Stockport, Cheshire, England.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

8 x 47 x 1 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Siena Cathedral: Madonna and Child roundrel

This cast replicates a relief of the Madonna and Child with a cherub’s head. The original was completed by Donatello c. 1450 and placed over the side door of the Siena cathedral. The Cathedral holds works from both Donatello and the young Michelangelo. The tondo relief holds a great sense of sadness, drama, and intimacy – characteristic of Donatello’s representations of the sacred subject.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

44 x 44 x 5 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Decorative stand with ram's head
Miscellany

Source unknown.

Dimensions

47 x 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Pilaster capital with putti face and medallion of St. George
Miscellany

Source unknown.

Dimensions

30 x 35 x 12 1/2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Volute scroll detail
Greek

Ionic capital fragment, source unknown.

Dimensions

10 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Wall-mounted torch sconce
Miscellany

Source unknown.

Dimensions

21 x 12 x 28 3/4 in. (HWD)

Erechtheion: Base
Greek

The Erechtheion was constructed from 421 to 406 BC on the Acropolis of Athens. As one of the most decorative temples in Greek Architecture, it was built to replace the Temple of Athena, Nike. The name of the temple comes from its dedication to the Greek hero Ericthonius, or perhaps King Erectheus. On major feature of the Erechtheion is the porch of caryatids, often called the “Porch of the Maidens,” where six female figures are sculpted as supporting columns. The temple has two porches - a porch with caryatids and a porch with ionic columns. This cast replicates a base from the columns of the Erechtheion.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

24 x 40 1/2 x 10 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Lion head water spout from Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Greek

Source unknown.

Dimensions

20 x 24 x 6 3/4 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore: Baptistry Doors; Relief of story of Noah from Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise 
Renaissance

Plaster cast of the gilt bronze Noah panel of the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1425 – 1452). The bronze panel is currently on display at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) in Florence, Italy. According to the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Torah, God spares Noah and his family from an enormous flood intended to destroy the wicked. In the background of the scene, Noah and his family emerge from the safety of their ark—in this case one that resembles a pyramid, as described by the early Christian theologian Origen—and they embrace under the newly sunny sky. In the foreground, Noah’s son Ham orders his brothers to clothe a semi-nude Noah, inebriated from having indulged too heavily in celebratory wine.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

36 x 57 x 9 3/4 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "A"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "B"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "C"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Plaque with men fighting bull
Greek

Dimensions

19 x 30 x 3 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Church of Santa Croce relief panel
Renaissance

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

38 x 34 x 7 in.

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Corinthian column

Source unknown.

Dimensions

91 x 12 x 12 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Head of a Goddess
Greek

This plaster cast head of a goddess is most likely a copy of a fragment of a full-length sculpture dating from the Ancient Greek period. The origin of the original work is unclear. The cast has been thoroughly cleaned.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

20 x 14 x 15 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Moldings
Miscellany

Top to bottom: Exterior Molding in Pine; Chimney centerpiece Spencer House; Unknown.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

about 3 x 40 x 1 in. each (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY