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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: “The Search for Truth”, Tapestry, Germany, c.1490

Unknown Maker(s), The Search After the Truth, Germany, Tapestry-woven wool and linen on linen warp, silk, embroidered, Medieval and Renaissance, Room 10, Case WN, Mus Ref: 4025-1856 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London This allegorical tapestry, woven in late fifteenth-century Germany, measuring 137 x 35 inches (87.6 x 344.8 cm), was the first tapestry purchase […]

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Meet our first ever Game Designer in Residence

Regular readers of the V&A Network may remember that back in January the Museum put out a call for a resident games designer. The residency is a partnership between the V&A, V&A at Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee and the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), the games industry body. We are pleased to […]

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Clothworkers’: A Designer for Every Day of the Year

Possibly the greatest benefit of the move to Blythe House, at least from the point of view of managing the collection, is that we are able to organise objects along more logical lines. Earlier this month I conducted a visual audit of our women’s twentieth-century fashion collection, with a view to establishing how many individual designers are represented, and how much space each would need at Blythe.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio

Of the 750 copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio – the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays – printed in 1623, 232 are known to survive. There are probably others waiting to be found, perhaps lying forgotten in dusty attics or locked away in the private libraries of reclusive billionaire bibliophiles! Bust, terracotta, of Shakespeare, […]

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Digital Kids – Talking Tudors

With May Half Term fast approaching, we thought that we would show you what we did at Easter! Imagine a gold-framed portrait of a dashingly dressed youth wearing a ruff so large it is barely contained by the frame, adorned with luscious locks and topped with a jaunty hat. Now picture this portrait speaking to […]

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David Bowie is… An Interview with Robert Worby

As part of the film the V&A and UAL are making with Ravens Wood, Bowie’s old school in Bromley, UAL invited composer and musician Robert Worby, a visiting lecturer at London College of Communication, to meet and work with the Ravenswood school music students making the music for the film: It’s been many years since […]

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Happy 100th Anniversary, Chelsea Flower Show

This weekend, just down the road from the Museum at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this centenary, we have been down to the potting shed and dug up some objects from the V&A collections that might be of interest to anyone […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Crucified Christ, Giovanni Pisano, 1285 – 1300

The V&A’s spectacular collection of late medieval ivories is displayed in our award winning Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. This diminutive (15.5 cm high), late 13th-century, Italian, statuette of Christ, or corpus, lives in its own case, in Gallery 9. The Museum acquired it, together with a number of other medieval ivories, from John Webb, an […]

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Thomas Gainsborough’s Showbox

Did you know that the V&A holds in its collections over 2000 British and European oil paintings? They include works by several influential artists, including the renowned 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough, who was born on this day in 1727. The Painter’s Two Daughters, oil painting, by Thomas Gainsborough, about 1758. Museum no. F.9. © […]

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A Stitch in Time: the V&A and the Bayeux Tapestry (1)

Photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry by Cundall & Co., 1873. Museum no. E.573:25-2005. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London It seems extraordinary but the V&A once owned a piece of the Bayeux tapestry! Measuring 3¼ in x 2½ in, it was one of two fragments removed surreptitiously (?) by Charles Stothard (1786-1821) sometime between 1816 […]

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