Artist Name

birthBoston, MAPicture of Cook
parents
educationMilton Academy, Milton, MA
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
awards Prix de Rome,
Honors from the National Academy of Arts and Letters,
Honors from the Tiffany Foundation,
Member of the National Sculpture Society,
Member of the Sculptors Guild,
Honorary trustee of the Sculpture Center
website http://robertcook.org

Robert Cook was born in Boston and received his early education in Massachusetts. After graduating from Milton Academy he studied sculpture in Boston with George Demetrios.

He served in World War II in the US Corps of Engineers as a map and model maker. After the war he moved to Rome with a Fulbright grant and has spent the last 50 years living there. He spends most of his time in his house north of Rome. His two children, Jenny and Henry were the models during their childhood for his "Family Album", a collection of statues now on permanent exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art.

Cook's passion for motion can be observed in two recurring sculptural themes: animals and human bodies in motion.

His works include a huge bronze statue of an early American dinosaur on New York's Park Avenue at 51st Street; a large fountain in bronze of the god Thespis adorning the cultural center in the capitol city of Canberra, Australia; a study of a horserace and a giant camel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sourced mainly from the artist's own website.



You can click on the medals to see the reverse.

  • Music and Dance 1978
    by Robert Cook
    SOM-97.1
    Golden bronze with graphite brown patina
    SOM-97.2
    Silver

    This medal was chosen as the 97th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1978. The obverse bears stylized musicians seen from above. The reverse bears a stylized pair of dancers in vigorous motion. At lower edge, R. Cook © 1976

    Cook is a big fan of modern American ballet and music and used abstract designs to honor both art forms.

    This medal measures 73mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company which struck 750 pieces in bronze and 150 in silver.

    SOM-97.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with graphite brown patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 97TH ISSUE - APRIL 1978 ROBERT COOK, Sc.(C)
    (C) MEDALLIC ART CO., DANBURY, CT.-BRONZE
    SOM-97.2
    Silver
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 97TH ISSUE - APRIL 1978 ROBERT COOK, Sc.(C)
    (C) MEDALLIC ART CO. DANBURY, CT. .999 FINE SILVER
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