The Story of British Sculpture – Alastair Sooke reveals three golden ages of British sculpture. From the painted gargoyles, tombs and royal statues of the Middle Ages to the imperial heroes and erotic nudes of the 18th and 19th centuries via the stark memorials and bold experiments of the modern age, sculpture has captured the beliefs, aspirations and desires of ordinary Britons more than any other art form.
Alastair explores the true stories behind the creation of some of Britain’s most iconic artworks, including the monuments of Westminster Abbey, Nelson’s Column, the statue known as Eros in Piccadilly Circus and the Angel of the North.
The Story Of British Sculpture explores the work of sculptors past and present, including some of Britain’s greatest artists such as Alfred Gilbert, Jacob Epstein and Barbara Hepworth, who have inspired great modern sculptors like Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley, who Sooke interviews in the course of this series.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011
Source: BBC Press Office