Grinling Gibbons: The Michelangelo of Woodcarving

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Leading curators from the Wallace Collection, Royal Academy and the V & A discuss Britain’s famous woodcarver: Grinling Gibbons

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Please book your place to view the pre-recorded exclusive film launch of Grinling Gibbons: the Michelangelo of woodcarving.

Grinling Gibbons is probably Britain’s most famous woodcarver of all time. From 1671 to 1721 Gibbons shaped wood into the most memorable creations. His trademark baroque sculptures are instantly recognisable: a cascade of flowers, fruits, leaves, fish and birds that captivate the viewer with their intricacy.

Gibbons had an exceptional career. He was appointed as master carver to George I and King William III and collaborated with Sir Christopher Wren on numerous projects focusing on architectural decoration. His work can be seen at Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Trust’s Petworth House and St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

St James’s Church, Piccadilly in central London has three unique examples of Gibbons’ work: a marble font (where William Blake was baptised), a limewood reredos and an organ case. To explore the power of these sculptures, St James’s Church, Piccadilly has filmed curators, a sculptor, a woodcarver and a master carver discussing Gibbons enduring legacy in the 21st century.

Contributors to the film:

Ade de Wit, curator at the Wallace Collection and author of Grinling Gibbons and The Golden Age of Woodcarving

Rebecca Lyons, director of learning and collections at the Royal Academy

Nick Humphreys, curator of furniture at the V & A, up to 1700

Kira d’Alburquerque, curator of sculpture at the V & A, post 1600

Sophie Sellu, woodcarver, founder of Grain and Knot

Gerry Judah, sculptor and installation artist specialising in large-scale sculptures in galleries, museums and public spaces

Hugh Wedderburn, master carver and Master Carvers Association honourable secretary

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