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Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
Luca della Robbia, October; The Labours of the Months, Florence, Italy, Tin-glazed terracotta, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 64, Case SS, Mus Ref: 7641-1861 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London This week’s object is an exceptional example of Italian renaissance interior decoration: in terms of design and materials there’s nothing quite like it, even in Italy, let alone...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
In one of my earlier blogs I wrote about an Italian marriage chest or cassone, and this week’s object is, in a sense, a sequel to that. It is a birth tray (in Italian, desco da parto), an object that was typically commissioned to celebrate the birth of a first-born son in elite Florentine families. Its author, Apollonio di Giovanni (c.1415-1465), was a Florentine painter who ran a workshop...
Author: Adrian Deakes (Programme Manager Theatre and Performance)
The V&A, University of the Arts, London and David Bowie's former school, Ravens Wood School, South Bromley, have been working together on a film since January 2013. This interdisciplinary project engaged students in David Bowie's music, performance and art and imagined his influence on present day students at the school. You can find previous blog posts on the project and workshops...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
Pisanello, Leonello d'Este Medal, Verona, Italy, Cast Bronze, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 64, Case 14, Mus Ref: A.165-1910 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Portrait medals are fascinating objects for anyone interested in this period, as they embody so many of the characteristics typically associated with the renaissance. Their form and inspiration are derived from...