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Moving Charles Cary Rumsey's Pizarro to the west side of the museum on August 1, 1960

Moving Charles Cary Rumsey's Pizarro to the west side of the museum on August 1, 1960. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Throwback Thursday: Moving Charles Cary Rumsey’s Pizarro in 1960

August 3, 2017

On August 1, 1960, Buffalo-native Charles Cary Rumsey’s portrait of the sixteenth-century Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro was moved to a new location facing Elmwood Avenue.

Moving Charles Cary Rumsey's Pizarro to the west side of the museum on August 1, 1960

Moving Charles Cary Rumsey's Pizarro to the west side of the museum on August 1, 1960. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Rumsey’s work initially took the form of a 19-foot-high plaster sculpture. While the monumental plaster version was ultimately destroyed, several bronze casts were made in the 1920s. These included several small editions; two full-scale versions that were presented to the cities of Trujillo, Spain (where Pizarro was born) and Lima, Peru (the city Pizarro founded following his conquest of the Inca); and the unique medium-sized bronze that the artist’s son and daughter gave to the museum in 1952.

Today, Pizarro is one of nearly 20 sculptures on the Albright-Knox's campus. We invite you to explore these works anytime, whether you decide to come inside the museum or not. Learn more

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