Where: National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing
What: Lettering in the Sainsbury Wing 1990s extension to the National Gallery by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. There is lettering in the reception area but more notably there is a large inscription integrated into the grand staircase with the names of Renaissance masters carved as a frieze on a grand scale.
There is also recent (2007) lettering on the exterior facade of the building, underneath the pediment, with the name of the gallery.
Words: Duccio, Massacio, Van Eyck, Piero, Mantegna, Bellini, Leonardo, Raphael
Architect: Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates
Artists: Michael Harvey and Incisive Letterwork
- Twelve Letters on a Grand Scale, an extract from Michael Harvey’s book
- Incisive Letterwork’s website
- ‘In defense of the Sainsbury Wing’ by Denise Scott Brown, at BD Online – interesting analysis of the relationship between classicism, renaissance and postmodern influences
- Arch Daily, AD Classics
- 20 years of the Sainsbury Wing, a podcast from the National Gallery
- An interview with Robert Venturi
- Michael Harvey’s obituary in the Guardian
- Michael Harvey exhibition, Creative Review
- A critical analysis of the lettering on the facade, by Typefoundry