Statues Placed in Renwick Niches

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Copies of statues of Peter Paul Rubens and Esteban Murillo, cast by Renato Lucchetti, are placed in the second floor niches on the outside of the Renwick Gallery, completing the restoration of exterior of the building. The sculptures are duplicates of the originals by Moses Ezekial that occupied niches in the late 19th century when the Renwick served as the first Corcoran Gallery of Art. At the turn of the century, when the Corcoran was move to its present quarters, the original statues were sold.


  • Lucchetti, Renato
  • Murillo, Esteban
  • Rubens, Peter Paul Sir 1577-1640
  • Renwick Gallery)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 3/1974, p. 1

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 4, 1974


  • Sculpture
  • Statues

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