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Tate Bri­tain, Lon­don Show­ing from 25 Fe­bru­ary – 25 May 2015

Pow­er­ful, beau­ti­ful and in­ven­tive, the Vic­to­rian era was a golden age for sculp­ture. Tate Bri­tain’s ex­hi­bi­tion Sculp­ture Vic­to­ri­ous cel­e­brates some of the most as­ton­ish­ing and lav­ish works pro­duced in this ground break­ing pe­riod.

Ex­plor­ing the orig­i­nal tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als de­vel­oped dur­ing this time, the ex­hi­bi­tion brings to light the in­ge­nu­ity and cre­ativ­ity of the Vic­to­rian age. In a pe­riod of un­par­al­leled in­no­va­tion across in­dus­tries, Vic­to­rian sculp­ture prof­ited from ground-break­ing new ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods that cre­ated a thrilling and cut­ting-edge en­vi­ron­ment for Vic­to­rian sculp­tors.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes many ex­tra­or­di­nary ob­jects, from mag­nif­i­cent mar­ble, lime­wood and ce­ramic sculp­tures shown at the Great Ex­hi­bi­tions, to ex­quis­ite jew­ellery, sil­ver­work, and or­nate carv­ing of beauty such as Monti’s Works from the ex­hi­bi­tion touch on all as­pects of Vic­to­rian life, ex­plor­ing do­mes­tic pol­i­tics, the reach of the em­pire, and the im­pact of the sci­en­tific and in­dus­trial age.

Revered works such as Fred­eric Leighton’s An Ath­lete Wrestling with a Python and Hi­ram Pow­ers’s The Greek Slave are to be en­joyed along­side lesser-known artists such as Mary Watts and Wil­liam Reynolds-Stephens. As well as of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore some of the Vic­to­rian eras most cher­ished and ground­break­ing works, Sculp­ture Vic­to­ri­ous pro­vides an in-depth ex­plo­ration of the artis­tic and his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ments of one of Bri­tain’s most pro­lific eras and is a feast for the eyes. Above: Thomas Long­more and John Hénk, Ele­phant 1889

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