A rare cast of the large bronze sculpture of that name created by the surrealist artist Rene Magritte has been donated to the museum by trustee Sylvia de Cuevas, the museum announced Thursday in a news release. It is the first Magritte sculpture in the museum's collection.
Five feet tall and four feet wide, "Delusions of Grandeur" was created in 1967, the last year of the Belgian artist's life. The sculpture consists of three sections of a female torso, each emerging from a successively large section, not unlike a Russian nesting doll.
Very few casts exist of this particular artwork. It is on display in a gallery alongside works by Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró and other contemporaries of Magritte's.
"We are thrilled to welcome this remarkable sculpture into the BMA's celebrated collection of modern art," museum Director Doreen Bolger said in the news release. "This imaginative artwork so well represents Magritte's unique vision and is sure to become one of the most memorable artworks on view here."