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Sculpture Gallery - Chatsworth House

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:Chatsworth House
:Sculpture Gallery - Chatsworth House
:c 1900
:John R Brown
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The 6th Duke of Devonshire indulged his love of stone and sculpted figures in this room, which he built to display his collection of what was then modern sculpture. The Sculpture Gallery was specifically designed to display the neo-classical sculpture being collected by the Duke in the first half of the 19th century, and is now one of the finest collections in the world. Today it is the last room visitors see before entering the shop and heading out into the garden. Among the masterpieces in this room are sculptures by Antonio Canova and paintings by Rembrandt, Hals and Landseer, but the most remarkable piece is the marble statue of a veiled vestal virgin, made in 1847 by Raffaele Monti. Her face is covered by a veil of marble so delicate and life-like, it is hard to believe it is not real.