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Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
This statue of the blessing Christ riding a donkey is an appropriate choice of object for Holy Week. This type of image, known as a Palmesel (literally ‘Palm Ass’), was common in German towns during the late middle ages, and was carried in processions on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, evoking Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Our Palmesel may have been made in Ulm in...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
Large, lavishly decorated wedding chests, today called cassoni, were important pieces of furniture, and played a part in the marriage rituals of the elite in renaissance Italy. They were traditionally commissioned by the bride’s father as part of the dowry, and contained what we would think of as her trousseau, although in the second half of the fifteenth century they were increasingly...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
In contrast to last week’s pathos-laden image of the Virgin with the Dead Christ, this Virgin and Child by the German sculptor Veit Stoss is notable for its joyous mood, a reminder of the emotional range encompassed by figurative art in this period. It is small – some 20 cm high – and exquisitely carved, the fine-grained boxwood lending itself to virtuosic, detailed treatment....
Author: Adrian Deakes (Performance Education Manager)
The V&A’s major exhibition of one of Britain’s most iconic musicians, ‘David Bowie is’ opens on 23 March and runs until 11 August 2013. As the learning representative for the exhibition, one idea for a schools’ project was to work with students from his Secondary school on ideas inspired by the show. Was the school still actually there? Would they be interested...