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13th April 2007 Sculpture Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum
The Sculpture collected works at the Victoria & Albert Museum is the generally comprehensive holding of post-classical European sculpture in the world.
Many of the sculptures in this gallery symbolize mythological or allegorical theme. These are sometimes known as 'ideal' sculptures, in contrast to historical subjects or portraiture.
During the 18th century garden sculpture became increasingly accepted in Britain. Statues, monuments, temples and follies peopled extensive landscaped gardens.
Funerary monuments and portrait busts were the most familiar ways in which people were commemorated in statue.
article published 5/5/2007