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About the Work

I've always admired the Roman Pantheon, with its mother of all domes, as one of the greatest feats of architectural engineering ever. Its simple grandeur is astonishing and makes it a great work of art. The 19th founders of the Italian monarchy are buried here - not very important maybe as they were only around for seventy years or so while their host has been around rather longer. Yet they, like Raphael, also in the Pantheon, are part of its story. In this slice of history, an elderly monarchist changes the flowers at the tomb of a king less familiar to most than the Roman Emperor Hadrian, founder of the Pantheon two thousand years ago.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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