Sculpture Victorious: Opening Next Week at the Tate

Tate Britain

25 February – 25 May 2015

Thomas Longmore and John Hénk Elephant 1889 © Thomas Goode & Co. Ltd., London

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 groundbreaking 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 sculpture shown at the Great Exhibitions, to exquisite jewellery and silverwork, and ornate carving of beauty and wonder such as Monti’s Veiled Vestal. 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 Pythonand 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.

Organised by Tate Britain and the Yale Center for British Art

Curated at Tate Britain by Greg Sullivan, Curator of British Art 1750–1830, Hannah Lyons, Assistant Curator 1850–1915, and Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Assistant Curator 1850-1915. The exhibition was devised by Martina Droth, Jason Edwards and Michael Hatt.