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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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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!

David's left eye

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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Clay Hand Tracing

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I like the idea of buildings as handcrafted objects, hands are the most sophisticated and versatile of all the tools involved in the construction process, they perform the small gestures, that accumulate over time to reveal the completed building. These gestures range from hand signals that guide vehicles and objects through the site, to the […]

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A plaster cast from Cairo

Cast of a roundel from the Madrasa of Sultan Hasan, Museum no.827-1884

Among the two-dimensional casts that will eventually be displayed in Gallery 46 – the corridor that runs between the two Cast Courts – is an interesting selection of architectural decoration from two major Islamic centres: the Alhambra in Granada, the palace built by the Nasrid rulers of Islamic Spain in the 14th century; and Cairo […]

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Conservation in progress

The trained eye of the sculpture conservator Sarah Healey

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 copper: […]

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Sculpture conservation shines a light on the plaster casts

We, the Sculpture studio in Conservation department, are really happy to contribute to the project blog and welcome this initiative taken by Melanie, the assistant curator to the project. For us in the studio the blog is an experiment and offers, we hope, some possibilities for elements of our work on the project to be […]

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Strange encounter: a dragon’s egg nestled in the Museum’s attic

In all museums, no matter how big or small, there’s always a time when you make a ‘discovery’ as you stumble upon a piece tucked away in a corner by long-gone curators. Store auditings – a slow, painstaking process, but not without surprises – are propitious times for such encounters to happen. As part of […]

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