Portico della Gloria, Santiago de Compostela. Cast, V&A.

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Cast Courts at the Victoria and Albert Museum – May visit

  • Wednesday 22 May 2019
    (11.30am-1pm. Meet at 11.20am in the foyer of the Cromwell Road entrance (to the left))

Opened in 1873, the Cast Courts display copies of some of the world’s most significant works of art reproduced in plaster, electrotype, photography, and digital media. The cast collection is the strongest embodiment of the Museum’s founding mission as a school of art education for both practitioners and the public. At a time when travel was difficult, the Courts brought copies of art and architecture from around the globe together under one roof, offering an encyclopaedia of international decorative styles. The project to restore the casts was completed in November 2018.


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