Life, Action and Sentiment: John Flaxman on the art of modern sculpture

  • 21 June - 17 December 2010

This exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of John Flaxman's appointment as the first Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy. On display are the many preparatory sketches Flaxman drew to work through his ideas on how to convey life, action and sentiment in three-dimensional form. Kept for reference at his studio, then given to UCL by his family, these informal, linear drawings are shown together for the first time. They reveal Flaxman's almost obsessive dedication to his cause, the creation of a modern school of sculpture.

Further works by Flaxman are currently on show in The Language of Line: John Flaxman’s illustrations to the works of Homer and Aeschylus, Royal Academy of Arts. Read more here.

The Flaxman Gallery, situated in UCL Library, has been host to scenes in Christopher Nolan's latest film, Inception, and is Film London's 'Location of the Month' for July 2010. Read more here.

Image: John Flaxman, Studies of a Girl Shaking Out a Cloth, c. 1794-1826 ©UCL Art Collections