I haven’t walked through Bryant Park in a while, so I almost missed the display of monumental bronzes by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés.
If you think there is something vaguely familiar about these sculptures, that may be because Valdés’s work is inspired by the great masters.
The four massive female heads near the fountain (each more than thirteen feet tall) were suggested by faces in Henri Matisse’s paintings. The figures on upper terrace (near the Public Library) are based on Diego Velázquez’ painting, Las Meninas, which depicted the Infanta Margarita and Reina Mariana.
If you want to visit them yourself, you’d better hurry; the exhibition of Valdés sculptures ends on April 15.