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Author: Ann Eatwell (Padgett and Braham Curator.)
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Powder Puff Bowl and cover, pierced and engraved silver, designed and made by Fiona McAlear, London hallmarks for 2012. © Fiona McAlearOpening our archive to young designers and makers is an important activity for the V&A. The display Inspirations from the Archive now showing in gallery 68 until June 30th 2013 reveals the results of a fruitful collaboration with some young silversmiths....
Author: Cathrin Yarnell (Volunteer Word and Image)
Johann Jacob Schübler, born in Nuremberg in 1689, had an extremely varied career as an architect, draughtsman, mathematician, painter, and sculptor.[1] The son of a braid and tassel maker, his prodigious talents were first recognised during his early childhood. In 1696, fire destroyed the Egidienkirche, a Romanesque cathedral in Nuremberg. Aged only seven, Schübler was then reported to have...
Author: Ella Ravilious (Curator of Documentation & Digitisation)
Not everything in the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection is printed, drawn, or painted. This post showcases a few of the exceptions to the rule. One of the most popular alternative image-making techniques was cut-paper work. In the eighteenth century, cut-paper pictures were called “shades”, or “profiles” if they were portraits. Although neither term has endured in...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
If you’ve visited the Medieval and Renaissance galleries recently, you may have noticed that a familiar face is missing. The portrait bust of Giovanni Chellini by the Florentine sculptor Antonio Rossellino, usually to be seen in Room 64b at the end of the first floor galleries, is currently away at the exhibition ‘Florence and the Springtime of the Renaissance’ at the Palazzo...
Author: Ella Ravilious (Curator of Documentation and Digitisation)
Print by unknown artist27879:8Today being the day of the Grand National, I thought I'd like to show you this little series of early engravings of horses. We don't know who created them or quite when they were made (though we think it was around 1600) but to me the artist has given them a certain life and charm.Print by unknown artist27879:19As anyone who has tried will know, horses are...
Author: William Newton (Collections Management Assistant - The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion)
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If an item of dress is deemed sturdy enough, it is hung. More than four-thousand objects from the V&A’s fashion collection are stored on a hanger, which is essential for the management of our storage space. As the poet Ben Jonson realised, more (person-shaped) objects can be stored vertically than can be laid out horizontally. The more fragile objects are stored spread out in drawers,...
Author: Frances Willis (Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature)
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Since 1967, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has chosen Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April to call attention to children’s books and to publicise and celebrate a love of reading worldwide. It seems therefore an apt time to consider the value for scholars and those who love children’s books, of resources such as the Renier Collection held by the V...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
With Easter in mind - though in the current cold weather it feels more like Christmas, only without the mince pies, carols and good cheer – this week I’ve chosen Martin Schongauer’s beautiful engraving of The Resurrection of Christ. It comes from roughly the same time and place as last week’s Christ on a Donkey, although intended for a more exclusive audience. Schongauer (...

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