Sculpture

Rooms 21 – 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries

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With masterpieces by Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin, our National collection includes sculpture from the 4th century to the present, in a vast range of materials, from bronze, marble, terracotta and wood, to alabaster, amber, wax, lapis and shell.

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The sculpture collection contains approximately 26,000 objects. Highlights of the collection include masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, ivory sculpture, Northern European polychrome wood sculpture, British Neoclassical marble sculpture, Rodin bronzes, commemorative medals, and the Cast Courts.

Collection Highlights

situla
The Basilewsky Situla, 980 – 981, Milan, Italy
mosaic
The Annunciation, mosaic, 1300 – 25, Istanbul, Turkey
pendant
The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John, pendant, about 900, Constantinople, Turkey
relief
Lamentation over the Dead Christ, relief, sculpted by Donatello, about 1455 – 60, Italy
relief
The Ascension with Christ giving the Keys to St Peter, relief, sculpted by Donatello, about 1428 – 30, Florence, Italy
model
A Slave, model, sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarroti, about 1516 – 19, Florence, Italy
statuette
Virgin and Child, statuette, by Veit Stoss, about 1495, Cracow, Poland
bust
The Virgin of Sorrows, bust, by José de Mora, about 1680 – 1700, Granada, Spain
George Frederick Handel, sculpture, Louis Francois Roubiliac, 1738, Britain. Museum no. A.3-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
bust
The Strong Smell, bust, Franz Xaver Messerchmidt, about 1770 – 81, Bratislava, Slovakia
relief
The Death of Voltaire, relief, by Samuel Percy, late 18th century to early 19th century, England
statue
The Age of Bronze, statue, by Auguste Rodin, about 1876, France
medal
Leda and the Hatpin, medal, Linda Crook, 1999, London, England
figure group
(Detail) Peasant woman nursing a baby, figure group, sculpted by Aimé-Jules Dalou, 1873, London, England
group
The Three Graces, group, sculpted by Antonio Canova, 1814 – 17, Rome, Italy
figure group
Samson Slaying a Philistine, figure group, sculpted by Giovanni Bologna, 1560 – 62, Florence, Italy

Features

Background image: Neptune and Triton, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, about 1622-23, Italy. Museum no. A.18:1-1950. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London