ISAAC NEWTON

ISAAC NEWTON

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Newton, sometimes known as Newton after Blake, is a 1995 work by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. The large bronze sculpture is displayed on a high plinth in the piazza outside the British Library in London. The sculpture is based on William Blake’s 1795 print of Newton: Personification of Man Limited by Reason, which depicts a naked Isaac Newton sitting on ledge beside a mossy rock face while measuring with a pair of compasses or dividers. The sculpture includes Paolozzi’s self-portrait as the naked Newton, measuring the universe with his dividers. The eyes were copied from Michelangelo’s David. It can be interpreted as symbolising a confluence of the two cultures, the arts and the sciences, and illustrating how Newton changed our view of the world to one determined by mathematical laws. The sculpture makes the body resemble a mechanical object, joined with bolts at the shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles. The sculptures shows the visible seams of Paolozzi’s technique of dividing his model and reassembling the pieces, for example on the head.

Actor: SIMON RUSSELL BEALE
Written by: : TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER
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