François-Auguste-René Rodin (1840–1917) is considered by many to be the first 'modern' sculptor. In 1914, he gifted a collection of bronze, marble and terracotta sculptures to the V&A in honour of British and French soldiers fighting side by side in World War I.
Designated the National Collection of Sculpture, this collection concentrates on Western European Sculpture from the 4th century to the end of the 19th century. Highlights of the collection include masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance, ivory carvings of all periods, Northern European wood and other sculpture, commemorative medals and plaster casts. The sculpture collection contains approximately 22,000 objects.