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Paolozzi's Sculpture of Isaac Newton

Paolozzi's sculpture of Isaac Newton

The maquette of Paolozzi's sculpture is based on a sculpture commissioned for the new British Library at St Pancras. Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) gave it to the Institute. The choice of Blake's engraving of Newton as the model for the sculpture caused some controversy, as Blake was known to be deeply anti-scientific and displayed profound antagonism to Newtonian rationalism. Paolozzi was inspired by the union between two British geniuses, both representing nature, poetry, art, and architecture. Rodin's famous sculpture also springs to mind. Paolozzi decided that this synthesis of concepts would be ideal for the new British Library.

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