Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Chatsworth House Sculpture Gallery

We're back to Chatsworth House today.We visited this state house during our honeymoon and I've blogged a lot about our visit there, the water features and maze, the magnificent wall and ceiling paintings and the paintings of duke and duchess of Devonshire for the past centuries, and what I like most is the Royal collections. And today I'm gonna share to you another valuable and historic work of art collections of the house; The Sculpture Gallery.

The sculpture collection in the house, garden and park spans over 4000 years. It was the 6th Duke William Spencer Cavendish who built the gallery and started the collections from the age of 28 until his death, aged 68.
This is the vistel virgin sculpture, it was featured from the film "Pride and Prejudice" by the actress Keira Knightley. What amazes me is that how they carved the veil that looks so real.
The Duke positioned busts of himself and Canova above copies of two lions (which you can slightly see at the nest photo) Canova had made for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII (1536-1605) at St. Peters in Rome.
The Duke visited Italy and met some of the best artists of his time. He became great friends with the famous sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822) and this gallery could be seen as a shrine to the artist.

To make the marble sculpture, Canova would have begun by drawing sketches, then making a small clay model to perfect the composition before creating a full size versions in plaster.
This chandelier though caught my attention cos of the very artistic look.

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Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous gallery! I love your photos of all the sculptures! A delightful visit! Thanks for sharing with us! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Pam said...

Your photography is stunning, Roxxy. The marble sculptures are magnificent and I too enjoy the unique chandelier.

Carol said...

Great photos! I would love to visit this sculpture gallery. I remember the one from Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed this tour of your world.

noel said...

aloha,

thanks for showing us your world today.

this is an interesting place, i love all the amazing sculpture to this historical site

Rajesh said...

Beautiful world of sculptures.

Gwendolyn L said...

Marvelous sculptures. You did a great job documenting them for all of us to see. Thanks for sharing.

Anna Patricia said...

I love that veil sculpture. Nice pictures!

Stone sculptures said...

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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