Great Artworks Explained A New Video Series By James Payne

This is a new series by Artist/historian James Payne demystifying great works of art. We will be adding to this page as the content is produced.

22 December 2014


Michelangelo’s David Under Threat From Recent Earthquakes

Dario Franceschini, the Italian minister of culture, has announced that the state will invest €200,000 (£156,000) on an “anti-seismic plinth” for Michelangelo’s David (1501-04), AFP reports – after more than 250 minor tremors that have shaken the Florence region over the past three days, sparking concern in Italy over the safety of Michelangelo’s “David” statue. […]

29 November 2014


The V&A Museum’s Cast Court Reopens With Queen Victoria’s David

Queen Victoria’s personal plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David. The sculpture, made from a mold taken from Michelangelo’s original marble work by Florentine cast-maker Clemente Papi in the 1850s, was a gift to the Queen Victoria from Leopold II, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The nudity of the sculpture so offended Victoria’s fragile sensibilities that she […]