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The Royal Collection in 3D: Adventures of a Sculpture Cataloguer

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A talk by Sir Jonathan Marsden, which will present some of the lessons learned from working on a catalogue raisonné of European sculpture in the Royal Collection to be published by Royal Collection Trust in 2020. The catalogue will embrace some 1500 works, ranging in date from around 1500 to the present day, in marble, bronze, terracotta, plaster and other materials. The collection contains great masterpieces by Cellini, Adriaen de Vries, Canova and others, but although it is extremely well documented it has never been fully published.

The catalogue will throw new light on the tastes of successive monarchs, their dealings with artists, and their varying approaches to the art of sculpture. The creation of sculpture takes longer than work in other media, and there is more scope for mishaps and misunder-standings along the way.

The talk will also present discoveries, re-attributions and new identifications that have arisen in the course of the author’s work.

Sir Jonathan Marsden is a Former Director of the Royal Collection.

Tickets price £15 including a glass of wine.
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Image: Mars and Venus by Canova; copyright HM Queen Elizabeth II (2018)


May 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Friends of Czech Heritage


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