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Berlage in London

This sculpture is on the corner of a building in the City of London designed by the Dutch architect, Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934). It is by Joseph Mendes da Costa (1863-1939). Born in Amsterdam, his father sculpted tomb monuments and Joseph worked in clay and stone. He specialised in figurines and sculptures like this...

Steelyard

Every year I try to learn something new, this year because of Covid 19 I’ve been forced into embracing virtual reality. I am now on Instagram and this is my profile photo. I was in Bryggen, Bergen in Norway in February. I loved Bergen; the fantastic Kode art galleries, the architecture, the wooden buildings...

Wine and beauty

Continuing on from last week’s blog, my favourite example of contrapposto is a little alabaster statue in St André Cathedral, Bordeaux. She is called Notre Dame de la Nef. She dates from 1500s and is made of alabaster. This stone came from Nottinghamshire in England and was used as ballast for the ships travelling...

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At Hyde Park Corner This is the view of a statue in London that, before lockdown, I used to drive past on my coach tours. There is so much else to talk about where this memorial stands that he rarely gets a mention on the tours. His beautiful bottom peeps out above the stone...