Monday, February 3, 2014

Cast Court, South Kensington Museum

Two architectural courts were designed by General Henry Scott in 1870 for the museum to house both cast reproductions of architectural elements, as well as some original pieces. The space opened in 1873.


Salviati and Company made two mosaic reproductions that hung on the walls of the south-east Court, but have now been lost.

The Good Shepherd is a copy of the lunette above the entrance of the Chapel of Galla Placida in Ravenna Italy originally from the 5th century.



The original mosaic in Ravenna


The mosaic Figure of Christ is a copy from St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from the 13th century. Salviati made another copy of a St. Mark's mosaic image of Christ for St. Augustine's College in Canterbury.


Sources:
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Appell, William. Christian Mosaic Pictures: A Catalogue of Reproductions of Christian Mosaics. London: South Kensington Museum, 1877. 17.
Wikimedia Commons
Film London

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