Plaster Monuments

I had the pleasure of showing Mari Lending, the author of Plaster Monuments:  Architecture and the Power of Reproduction, round not just Burlington Gardens, but Burlington House as well.   It made me realise how powerfully David Chipperfield has made use of the echoes and original form of Pennethorne’s building and through Pennethorne to Palladio’s Teatro Olympico, whose design may have informed his Lecture Theatre;  but also the way that even quite modernist architects, like Jim Cadbury-Brown RA who designed the library and Norman Foster RA who designed the Sackler Galleries, made reference to, and were deferential to, the sense of history in the palimpsest of buildings which is the modern RA. 

We went first through the Schools where the casts were apparently nearly eradicated in 2000:-

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Then up to the Sackler Galleries:-

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