The collection of European sculpture is the most interesting, beautiful and wide-ranging of any British museum outside the V&A. It includes one of the world’s most important groups of small Italian Renaissance bronzes and other sculptures assembled by C.D.E. Fortnum. Other important groups include plaster casts from the studio of Sir Frances Chantrey, presented by his widow, and the Brocklebank Collection of ‘New Sculpture’ bronzes. 

Nicholas Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 1540 to the Present Day, 3 vols., Oxford, 1992
Jeremy Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols., Oxford, 2014