All hail 'Your Sculptures'

November 28 2014

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Picture: Fitzwilliam Museum

Splendid news from the Public Catalogue Foundation; they have been awarded £2.84m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin digitising the UK's collection of sculptures. The project follows on from the PCF's ground breaking Your Paintings project, where over 200,000 oil paintings in public ownership were photographed and put online. 

The PCF estimates that there are 85,000 objects to photograph, and 15,000 outdoor works. More details here

The image above is one of my favourite sculptures in the UK, which I used to gaze at when I was at Cambridge; the Fitzwilliam's Philippe-Laurent Roland self-portrait. Personally, I think terracotta makes for the best portrait busts, and here we have further evidence that when artists portray themselves, they really push the boat out. I look forward to seeing how the Your Sculpture project presents such works. My hope is that the resolution of their photos is better than those available on Your Paintings.

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