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"Roman sculpture that exemplifies the best that human hands can do, and not only Roman hands. There is Robert Cook, an American who lives in Rome and makes his works in bronze..."
Charles Kuralt CBS Sunday Morning
Robert Cook, an American sculptor who has lived in Rome for fifty years, has achieved worldwide fame as an "artist who can capture motion in fluid bronze."
His huge bronze statue of an early American dinosaur attracts constant attention on New York's Park Avenue at 51st Street. In the capitol city of Canberra, Australia his large fountain in bronze of the god Thespis adorns the cultural center. In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia he is represented by a thrusting study of a horserace and a giant camel.
A keen student of animals in motion, Cook is also attracted to sporting figures and dancers, and his sketchbooks are filled with drawings of skiers and skaters, pole vaulter and tap dancers as well as studies of elephants, lions pelicans, flamingos, and towering giraffes locked in combat.
The sculptor was born in Boston, Mass. and graduated from Milton Academy. He studied sculpture in Boston with George Demetrios and served in the US Corps of Engineering during World War II as a map and model maker . He then moved to Rome with a Fulbright Grant for advanced study.
Cook 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 has been honored with prizes from the Prix de Rome, the National Academy of Arts and Letters and the Tiffany Foundation. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society, the Sculptors Guild and is an honorary trustee of the Sculpture Center. For more information see "Who's Who in America".