Salome with the head of John the Baptist by Carlo Dolci

Oil painting depicting 'Salome (or Herodias) with the Head of John the Baptist' by Carlo Dolci. Italy, ca. 1665-1670.

Clare Richardson, Paintings Conservator Paramita Sarkar, Intern, Paintings Conservation   The V&A painting of this subject is one of several known versions by Carlo Dolci and his followers, and is dated to the artist’s mature career, c.1670 (Figure 1). Dolci’s biographer, Baldinucci, described three autograph versions of the painting: of these, the only one that can […]

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Tiepolo’s Apollo and Daphne

G.B. Tiepolo, Apollo and Daphne © V&A Museum

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne was universally admired during the 17th century. In Filippo Baldinucci‘s Life of Bernini (1598-1680), the marble group of Apollo and Daphne is cast as the youthful sculptor’s first great public triumph. Baldinucci describes the statue’s reception as follows: “Immediately when it was seen to have been finished, there arose […]

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Telling stories and drawing life – Indian Warli Community projects at the V&A Museum of Childhood

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“Our history is not written, it is drawn: we tell you stories, we tell you about our life.” Jivya Soma Mashe. The current exhibition on display in the Museum’s Front Room Gallery greets you with sunny yellow walls and delicate lace-like paintings, but it’s the stories behind the art that have inspired friendship and learning […]

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English Medieval Embroidery in the Norse World

Detail from the Butler-Bowden cope: St. Margaret standing on a writhing dragon, piercing it with a long-stemmed cross @  Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This post was written by Ingrid Lunnan Nødseth, a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim who recently completed a Visiting Research Fellowship in the V&A Research Department. With the upcoming exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery (opens Saturday 1 October 2016), the V&A has sparked renewed interest in the […]

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When all is equal

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Ceramics Resident: Matt Smith October 2015 – end of March 2016 In the ceramics galleries there are a series of ceramics plinths which caught my eye.  Bases often form part of ceramic figure groups, usually as a core part of the object.  To see stand-alone ceramic plinths is less common. Public sculptures often use plinths […]

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Rainbow Families at the V&A

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Ceramics Resident: Matt Smith October 2015 – March 2016   The second outreach project during my residency at the museum involved working with Rainbow Families, a Brighton-based social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) parents and their children. The Learning Team at the museum are skilled at providing material to help the […]

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The National Art Library is closed for stocktaking

Every year the National Art Library closes its doors for ten days to carry out a stocktaking exercise. The focus of the stocktake is always on ensuring the on-going security and preservation of the collection, and making sure it is stored in the most efficient way. We also take the opportunity to carry out any repairs or […]

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New acquisition: Moon Shoes

Pair of moon shoes, unknown manufacturer, probably British, 1950s-1960s © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

For regular readers of the V&A blog, this post could appear like a deliberate follow-on from our last space-themed bulletin. I assure you all, this is merely a coincidence and we at the MoC have not suddenly gone mad for all things cosmic. That said, we do have a very good collection of space toys, […]

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Curiosities of the International Exhibitions 1855-1874: Part Two

The Key, Vol 1, 23 Sept 1871, p. 6. Museum No.: 38041701066839.

This is the second post by guest blogger Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott. Beatrice is on a student placement in the National Art Library from the Royal Holloway MA in Victorian Studies. Following on from my post about advertisements in the guidebooks and catalogues of the exhibitions, I’ll now highlight a few of the stranger incidents which took place […]

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How do you make a book?

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The answer to that question depends on where and when you come from. As an apprentice working in the National Art Library I handle many books every day and I am always amazed at the variety of styles I come across. Every time I encounter a poor thing which is damaged I find myself suppressing my […]

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