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ARCHITECTURE: The Albert Memorial, London

A symbol of High Victorian architecture designed in Gothic Revival style by Sir George Gilbert Scott [1872], the Albert Memorial in London's Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall.  The gold and black railings are not gothic but inspired by neo-classicism.

Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas are sculptural groups at  four corners of the memorial.  The group with the most 'brio' is Africa, sculpted by John Foley [below left].  High Victorian it may be, but also high kitsch if compared to Bernini at Piazza Navona in Rome [below right] .      


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