Gallery talk. Join our museum Director, Dr Xavier Bray for a short talk on our Treasure of the Month: Acrobat, attributed to Barthélemy Prieur. Said to have been Sir Richard Wallace's last purchase, he bought this statuette of a young man performing a handstand in 1888, two years before his death in 1890. Unprecedented in sculpture, the 16th century French sculptor, Barthelemy Prieur, has captured that delicate moment of a balancing act; hands and arms are firmly grounded, while the legs are bent to keep the weight of the body in equilibrium. The world we live in is temporarily turned upside down, and yet artistically we are seeing an artist take a giant leap forward in the making of sculpture, looking forwards to the masterly bronzes of Auguste Rodin.
Free but tour numbers are strictly limited to 25 people per tour and will be given on a first come first served basis.
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