The talk will present some of the lessons learned from working on a catalogue raisonné of European sculpture in the Royal Collection, which will 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.
Organised with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Czech Republic
Image: © The Royal Collection, HM Queen Elizabeth II (2018)