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By Beatrice McDermott, Intern in the Sculpture section. As an intern at the V&A my main task has been locating photographs of the original sculpture that has been cast and displayed in our magnificent Cast Courts. I have scoured the V&A, starting in the Sculpture section’s image bank and then moving on to the seemingly bottomless pit of the Prints and Drawing Study Room’s...
By Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski This week, I am introducing you to Martin Welsh, one of the technicians working on the Cast Court project and whose ‘magic’ operates in the beautiful frame-supports he builds to facilitate object moves and safe storage. Martin joined the V&A in November 2010, after spending three and a half years building exhibitions at the Imperial...
By Sofia Marques, Sculpture Conservator at the V&A The practical work on this collection of objects is now progressing. This follows the initial assessments of the condition of each object. The conservation is split between: - a metal conservator, who looks at the electrotypes - an example is the great Baptistery doors known as the Gates of Paradise in gall. 46B, made of gilded...