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.

The ICAA would like to thank the following Cast Hall donors for their transformational support:

Alexa Hampton, in memory of Mark Hampton

Mackin Architects, PLLC

Peter Pennoyer Architects


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 × 115 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.

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

Frieze Relief from the Architrave of St. Gilles du Gard
Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic

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.  The marble façade of St. Gilles du Gard from which these casts were made dates to the 12th or 13th centuries. The church is an important pilgrimage site on the path to Santiago de Compostela. The façade sculpture and ornament, in French Romanesque style, combines Roman and early Christian influences. This frieze was above the apostle sculptures below.

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

St Gilles Du Gard Rinceau Panel
Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic

This cast replicates a rinceau panel (a decorative border with vines, leaves, and fruits) from St. Gilles du Gard. During the 7th century, Saint-Gilles du Gard was founded as a Benedictine monastery under Saint Gilles – a hermit priest. The Abbey became a major resting point for pilgrims and crusaders on route to the Holy Land. The Romanesque portal was built during the 12th century. It is a continuously admired aspect of the Medieval site. The portal illustrates scenes from the story of Christ as a dedication to Saint Gilles. The portal is a great example of the Romanesque in Provincial France. The cast was originally part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Medieval collection.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location:

20 West 44th Street