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Victoria Memorial, London.

Victoria Memorial, London.

It is the simple things of life that make life worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.

Laura Ingalls Wilder -- American writer, author of the Little House series of novels based on her childhood in a pioneer family, born in

The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Andrea Mantegna; the painting is now in the Pinacoteca di Brera of #Milan, Italy

The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Andrea Mantegna; the painting is now in the Pinacoteca di Brera of Italy

Andrea Mantegna - The Court of Gonzaga (detail) 1465-74  Camera degli Sposi, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

Decoration of the Camera degli Sposi (Camera Picta), 1465 - 1474 (fresco and dry tempera)

Donatello*, in his early twenties, was commissioned to carve a statue of David in 1408, to top one of the buttresses of Florence Cathedral, though it was never to be placed there. Nanni di Banco was commissioned to carve a marble statue of Isaiah, at the same scale, in the same year.

Donatello

Донателло Statues of David 1409 Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

ANDREA MANTEGNA (1431-1506) – One of the greatest exponents of the Quattrocento, interested in the human figure, which he often represented under extreme perspectives ("The Dead Christ")

ANDREA MANTEGNA, artist – "One of the greatest exponents of the Quattrocento, interested in the human figure, which he often represented under extreme perspectives ("detail, from The Dead Christ").

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Peter Holland's amazing sculpt of Kate and George

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