Sculpture

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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.

Exploring Sculpture

Photo of The Basilewsky Situla, holy water bucket, 980 – 1, Italy. Museum no. A.18-1933. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Basilewsky Situla, holy water bucket, 980 – 1, Italy. Museum no. A.18-1933. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Annunciation, mosaic, about 1320, Turkey. Museum no. 7231-1860. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Annunciation, mosaic, about 1320, Turkey. Museum no. 7231-1860. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John, pendant, about 900, Turkey. Museum no. A.77-1937. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John, pendant, about 900, Turkey. Museum no. A.77-1937. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Lamentation over the dead Christ, Donatello, bronze, about 1455 – 60, Italy. Museum no. 8552-1863. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Lamentation over the dead Christ, Donatello, bronze, about 1455 – 60, Italy. Museum no. 8552-1863. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Ascension with Christ giving the Keys to St Peter, relief, Donatello, 15th century, Italy. Museum no. 7629-1861. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Ascension with Christ giving the Keys to St Peter, relief, Donatello, 15th century, Italy. Museum no. 7629-1861. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Figure of a Slave, model, Michelangelo, about 1516 – 19, Italy. Museum no. 4117-1854. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Figure of a Slave, model, Michelangelo, about 1516 – 19, Italy. Museum no. 4117-1854. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Virgin and Child, statuette, Veit Stoss, about 1480 – 90, Poland. Museum no. 646-1893. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Virgin and Child, statuette, Veit Stoss, about 1480 – 90, Poland. Museum no. 646-1893. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Virgin of Sorrows, bust, José de Mora, about 1680 – 1700, Spain. Museum no. 1284-1871. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Virgin of Sorrows, bust, José de Mora, about 1680 – 1700, Spain. Museum no. 1284-1871. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Samson Slaying the Philistine, sculpture, Giambologna, 1500 – 50, Italy. Museum no. A.7-1954. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Samson Slaying the Philistine, sculpture, Giambologna, 1500 – 50, Italy. Museum no. A.7-1954. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of George Frederick Handel, sculpture, Louis Francois Roubiliac, 1738, Britain. Museum no. A.3-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
George Frederick Handel, sculpture, Louis Francois Roubiliac, 1738, Britain. Museum no. A.3-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Strong Smell, bust, Franz Xavier Messerchmidt, 1775 – 83, Austria, Museum no. A.16-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Strong Smell, bust, Franz Xavier Messerchmidt, 1775 – 83, Austria, Museum no. A.16-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Death of Voltaire, relief, Samuel Percy, late 18th century, England. Museum no. A.19-1932. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Death of Voltaire, relief, Samuel Percy, late 18th century, England. Museum no. A.19-1932. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Age of Bronze, statue, Auguste Rodin, about 1876, France. Museum no.A.33-1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Age of Bronze, statue, Auguste Rodin, about 1876, France. Museum no.A.33-1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Leda and the Hatpin, medal, Linda Crook, 1999, United Kingdom. Museum no. A.6-2003 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Leda and the Hatpin, medal, Linda Crook, 1999, United Kingdom. Museum no. A.6-2003 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Peasant Woman Nursing Her Baby (detail), sculpture, Jules Dalou, 1873, England. Museum no. A.8-1993. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Peasant Woman Nursing Her Baby (detail), sculpture, Jules Dalou, 1873, England. Museum no. A.8-1993. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Three Graces, sculpture, Antonio Canova, 1814 – 1817, Italy. Museum no. A.4-1994. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Three Graces, sculpture, Antonio Canova, 1814 – 1817, Italy. Museum no. A.4-1994. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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