Today we arrive at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sculpture Gallery in London for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
The Sculpture Gallery is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the Museum. With both ancient and contemporary sculptures housed in this long Gallery style exhibit, the Art From Us team loves visiting and revisiting this collection. The ceilings are high, with abundant natural light. Presented here are our top three must-see sculptures on view here. Next time you visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, do not miss these! They are a must-see, as per our Museum Guide and Divvya Nirula,
- The Three Graces, (1814-1817) by Antonio Canova
- Neptune and Triton (1622 – 1623) by Gianlorenzo Bernini
- Pluto and Proserpina (1565) by Vincenzo di Rossi
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Established in 1857, it was originally christened the South Kensington Museum.
- Furthermore, it was the first museum in the world to have a restaurant that was open to the public.
- It is worth noting that the buildings of the V&A sit on over 12 acres of land in South Kensington. With a total of over 140 galleries and/or rooms.
- In fact, the V&A Museum is home to artefacts and artworks, design and objects that span over 5000 years. Indicating that the Victoria and Albert Museum has become keeper and witness to the evolution of human aesthetics and experience.
- In addition, the Museum itself, in terms of data, houses over 2.27 million objects. Out of these approximately 17,500 are sculptural in nature.
- If you are a sculptural and historical anecdote fan, you’re going to love this. In 1938, the Architecture & Sculpture Department made history when Margaret Longhurst was appointed as Keeper. The first female keeper for the Museum, as well as across Museums in the UK.
- By the way, as you enter the museum, do remember to notice the quote on the main entrance. It’s an inscription – a quote that says,
‘The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose’(by artist Sir Joshua Reynolds (16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792)
A Final Thought :
Did you know that on 30th June 2017, the V&A opened its doors to the public via Exhibition Road. The walls and arches that allow visitors access, sustain damages from the blitz of World War II between 1939-1945. We suggest you keep a look-out for these when you visit next. It also might be helpful to know that the Exhibition Road entrance is opposite the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. So, if you plan ahead you might be able to visit all three. Back to the “new entrance”- it was part of a historic architectural intervention commissioned by the Museum in 2007. Primarily to enable ease of access for disabled visitors. Case in point, wheelchair access.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.