Sculptor Marc Quinn and the National Gallery's Rosalind McKever discuss how the work of Michelangelo has inspired Quinn's own creative practice.
Marc Quinn is a leading British contemporary artist. His works include 'Alison Lapper Pregnant' (2005–2007), a sculpture on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth; 'Evolution' (2005), comprising nine large sculptural components and one rock of unhewn marble (pictured) which reference Michelangelo's unfinished sculpture, 'Dying Slave' (1513–16, now in the Louvre); and 'Self', a sculpture of Quinn's head, made with his own frozen blood (an ongoing project, first made in 1991). Quinn's work frequently connects in a meaningful way with art history, from antiquity to modern masters.
Dr Rosalind McKever is Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, where she has been working on The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano. She has previously worked on 20th-century Italian sculptors Umberto Boccioni and Lucio Fontana in the Modern and Contemporary department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her curatorial interests lie in connecting modern and contemporary art with the Old Masters.