Weekly Photo Challenge : Broken

The very intricate carving on this pulpit looks a bit the worse for wear, and a little bit broken, probably because of its age!   It is a plaster cast of a pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano way back in 1302.

Old pulpit at the V & A

Old pulpit at the V & A

Another ancient monument, which may look like a heap of broken ruins, is something that has also stood the test of time.    Great Zimbabwe, which was built between the 11th and 13th centuries is  the largest collection of ruins in Africa.

Even if something is broken, it can still be a thing of beauty

Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe

Another Peek at the V & A

 

Some of the casts on display

Some of the casts on display

In the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, one of the larger exhibitions are those of the cast courts.   These house a collection of plaster casts of some of the most famous sculptures in the world, to educate and entertain people, and give people an opportunity to see wonderful pieces of architecture.   In the picture above (especially for the ladies) is a life size cast of David by Michaelangelo.  In fact, there are 3 Davids in the collection, and you can read about them here.   In the statue by Verrochio (original dating from about 1473), the youthful David poses over the head of Goliath, and is even wearing a little piece of clothing!

But enough about David, you can also find The Trajan Column  (original in the Forum Romanum in Rome) Neptune, Samson, the Three Graces, Caesar Invading Britain, many more, including this one, a cast of a Nymph and Deer at the Royal Palace of Fontainblue in 1494

The Nymph of Fontainblue

The Nymph of Fontainblue

Here are some of the many other stunning sculptures to be seen at the V & A.

 

 

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