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Inside Voices, a performance in process by music resident Liam Byrne

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    Booking has opened for Inside Voices, Liam Byrne’s performance in process inside Trajan’s Column! Between 23 and 28 June, Liam will invite members of the public to join him inside the magnificent Victorian plaster cast of Trajan’s Column, where he will be giving a series of short performances of Baroque music for one […]

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Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 2

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The secret parcel and other discoveries from the Weston Cast Court. In my previous post I described some of the surprising items we found in the museum’s Medieval & Renaissance and British Sculpture galleries. The things that we found were type of messages from the past left by the people who worked in the museum […]

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Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 1

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One of the benefits of working in old buildings is that they often conceal secrets that are just waiting to be discovered. Before joining the V&A, I used to work at St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the world’s most iconic buildings and filled with glorious art. In the Cathedral’s crypt, I found a fascinating object […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels: The candelabrum and the sarcophagus

With the reopening of the Weston Cast Court and the Members’ Events organised visit to St Paul’s Catherdral, we’ve been finding out a bit more about the rest of  the tomb that Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII had in mind. Wolsey was much inspired by Pietro Torrigiano’s gilt tomb for Henry VII at Westminster Abbey,  […]

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Guest Post: Plaster cast of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.

Fig.1. The plaster cast of Michelangelo's David in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Inv. II.2.в 424)

In the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow there is an identical “cousin” of the V&A’s plaster cast of “David” by Michelangelo. The story of the David cast from Moscow is remarkable as is the history of the whole museum collection. The Pushkin Museum was originally conceived as a museum mostly for students of […]

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David revealed!

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One of the most significant works of art in the Victoria and Albert Museum is the plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David (Repro.1856-161) by Clemente Papi (1803-1875). David has recently received an enormous amount of worldwide media attention around the removal of the protective shroud that he has worn while the Cast Courts have been renovated. […]

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Guest Post: Artist Natasha Lien on how the V&A Cast Courts inspire her work

Pencil drawing of Trajan in the Cast Court

I have always loved the V&A. It’s a vibrant, busy place which counteracts the stereotype of museums as stuffy, quiet and empty. I wanted to portray contemporary life by creating a narrative with the space itself and the diverse mixture of people that use it. The courts themselves are incredibly impressive to walk into and […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Paula Nuttall, Course Director of the Late Medieval and Early Renaissance (Year Course)

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‘the Wolsey angels, one of the first works in the Italian renaissance style in England, must have seemed astonishingly novel and even exotic’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Wolsey Angels which we are currently trying to reunite, to try and find out just […]

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Uncovering Michelangelo’s David

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The renovation of the V&A’s Cast Courts has given me the opportunity to study and conserve one of the V&A’s most iconic objects, Michelangelo’s David – albeit in cast form. It’s tempting to think of a cast of a sculpture as something of an inferior copy, but the V&A’s plaster cast of probably the most famous […]

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Trajan’s Column – the V&A’s ‘incongruous white elephant’?

The Cast Courts are still the most impressive spaces in the V&A and the plaster cast of Trajan’s Column is at once the most dominant and perhaps most surprising cast in the voluminous Western Cast Court, competing only with the Portico de la Gloria from Santiago de Compostella for attention. Aided by the vibrant original […]

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