Great Artworks Explained A New Video Series By James Payne

This is a new series by Artist/historian James Payne demystifying great works of art. We will be adding to this page as the content is produced.

22 December 2014

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Michelangelo’s David Under Threat From Recent Earthquakes

Dario Franceschini, the Italian minister of culture, has announced that the state will invest €200,000 (£156,000) on an “anti-seismic plinth” for Michelangelo’s David (1501-04), AFP reports – after more than 250 minor tremors that have shaken the Florence region over the past three days, sparking concern in Italy over the safety of Michelangelo’s “David” statue. […]

29 November 2014

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The V&A Museum’s Cast Court Reopens With Queen Victoria’s David

Queen Victoria’s personal plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David. The sculpture, made from a mold taken from Michelangelo’s original marble work by Florentine cast-maker Clemente Papi in the 1850s, was a gift to the Queen Victoria from Leopold II, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The nudity of the sculpture so offended Victoria’s fragile sensibilities that she […]