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The Rotunda at the Victoria Art Gallery

Stairs and Rotunda

The staircase leads to the permanent collection of painting, sculpture and decorative art

The staircase takes you to the large gallery on the first floor which houses the permanent collection. On reaching the first floor, there is a circular hall, the Rotunda, which contains easy chairs for relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea from the drinks machine. There is also Wifi access in this area.

Image: Ceiling of the Rotunda. A dome decorated with signs of the Zodiac.

Look up to the ceiling. You will see an impressive coffered (panelled) dome decorated with signs of the Zodiac. This overlooks six Bassae columns made of Devonshire marble. 

There are three marble statues in the Rotunda. Two are by Warrington Wood - a suitably religious-looking Rachel holding a lamb, and Jephthah’s Daughter with flowing drapery. The third statue is a rather formal Hebe by Antonio Canova, who was a great influence on sculptors of the period.