Conservation: Cast of the Pórtico de la Gloria

The Portico de la Gloria is one of the most remarkable monuments of Romanesque art. It is intricately carved with biblical scenes, interspersed with prophets, saints and angles. In 1866, the Victoria & Albert Museum commissioned the Italian plaster maker, Domenico Brucciani, to journey to Spain to produce a copy of it. This cast is over 17 metres wide. It determined the dimensions of the Cast Courts, which were built in 1873 to display this and other monumental copies of architecture and artworks from around the world. Find out more about the V&A’s Cast Courts:

Cite this page as: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, "Conservation: Cast of the Pórtico de la Gloria," in Smarthistory, January 28, 2021, accessed June 25, 2024,