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Though still admired by artists in the decades after his death in 1464, Desiderio fell into oblivion starting in the late 1500s, only to be rediscovered when interest in Renaissance art was revived during the second half of the 19th century. American art patrons in the 20th century added his works to round out their Italian sculpture collections, which eventually were donated to museums. The National Gallery owns several Desiderio pieces, including two of the little boy busts, which can be more fully appreciated within the context of this rare retrospective.

WHAT: “Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence”

WHERE: National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest

WHEN: Tomorrow through Oct. 8. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free

PHONE: 202/737-4215

WEB SITE: www.nga.goq