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Guest Post: Michelangelo’s David – Part 3: Constructing a full-scale model

Lead sculptor smoothing finish surface coat of plaster. Image courtesy of the 20th Century Fox

Author Chris Seagers is an Art Director and Production Designer who recently collaborated with Ridley Scott on Alien: Covenant (2017). In the Alien: Covenant script, director Ridley Scott wanted to create a prologue sequence. This would be an engagement between a synthetic (Michael Fassbender) and his maker (Guy Pearce) in a philosophical conversation ‘if you […]

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Guest post: Michelangelo’s David – Part 2: By-product of the movie industry allows for historical investigation of David’s cast

Data being captured with LiDAR laser scanner (foreground) and photography (background). Image Johanna Puisto © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Jonathan Fletcher MRICS is a Technical Specialist at Plowman Craven, UK’s leading specialist chartered surveyors in 3D scanning.   One of the most famous statues in the world is Michelangelo’s depiction of David as he stands poised to face the giant Goliath, armed with the latest technology of his time, a trebuchet sling. Armed with […]

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Michelangelo’s David – Part 1: Creating virtual copies of casts

Plaster figure of Michelangelo's David (Mus.no. Repro.161-1857) during scanning at the Weston Cast Court Gallery. Image ©Plowman Craven

I often receive enquiries about the V&A’s plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David (Mus.no. 161-1857), which I have been researching since I cleaned and conserved it between 2013-14. Last year I received an unusual request for a 3D scan of the cast so a 1:1 physical model could be generated and used as a featured prop […]

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“I am so jealous you work here!”

When a visitor says, “I am so jealous you work here”, it can’t get any better than that. The Victoria & Albert Museum is an iconic piece of Victorian, architectural magnificence, housing over 1500 years of impeccable history.  There is no other place like the V&A Museum in the world. From the moment you approach […]

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The Ethics of Dust: Trajan’s Column

Art installation made of conservation latex that has been used to ‘clean’ the hollow inside of the cast of Trajan’s Column.

If you missed Jorge’s installation at the V&A, or would like to see more of his work, a new commission for ‘ The Ethics of Dust ‘ is currently on display in Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London. https://www.artangel.org.uk/project/the-ethics-of-dust/   Sarah Healey-Dilkes, Senior Sculpture Conservator Jorge Otero-Pailos, Artist, Architect, Preservationist SHD: Your artwork, ‘The Ethics of Dust: […]

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Photographs of Casts: Bedford Lemere’s Royal Architectural Museum Album

From its founding in 1852, the South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was first known) took a leading role in the reproduction of art works to serve as models for artists and designers. As part of this mandate, casts, photography and electrotypes were acquired and commissioned. They were regarded as an essential part of the […]

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Short Film About Casting, an installation by V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident Yiyun Kang

We have recently released Casting, a short film recording the fascinating digital project by V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident Yiyun Kang. Over the course of her six month residency at the V&A (October 2015 – March 2016), Kang utilised her projection mapping practice to create a new portal into the V&A Cast Courts (room […]

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Guest post: Plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David in the plaster cast workshop of the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels

PICTURE 1 : David in the Brussels plaster cast workshop ©KMKG-MRAH, Brussels

Nele Strobbe is Head of the Plaster Cast Workshop at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels The plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David at the Victoria and Albert Museum has, in addition to his ‘cousin’ in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, another one in Brussels. Currently most of this David […]

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CASTING; work in progress

  As a V&A Samsung Korean Digital Artist in Resident, I’m going to present my new projection mapping installation at the Cast Courts, Room 46a in 12 February as a culminating project of my residency. The whole process was challenging and I truly appreciate lots of people who gladly gave their help and support. I’ve conducted […]

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Film of Liam Byrne’s Inside Voices

For those of you who were not able to experience this performance project first hand last June, do have a look at our newly published short film on Liam Byrne’s Inside Voices project, which captures the very special atmosphere inside Trajan’s Column and the reactions of those who signed up for this very special musical experience! Inside […]

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