One of the earliest materials used in sculpture, along with wood and clay, dating back to prehistoric times. Stones vary greatly in hardness, affecting their suitability for different types of carved sculpture. Granite is particularly hard and is often used for exterior works. Portrait sculpture tends to be made of softer rocks such as limestone or marble.
Visit From Your Armchair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.
Sculptures in 360°
See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.