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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The ‘Burgundian Windows’, Bruges, c.1500

Among the most historic – and historical – treasures in the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries are four stained glass panels from a series depicting the rulers of the Burgundian Netherlands, together with angels bearing coats-of-arms, originally from the windows of the Chapel of the Holy Blood in Bruges.  The V&A panels depict Mary, Duchess […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Donatello, Virgin and Child, c.1435, Florence

This week’s object has been chosen by students on the Medieval and Renaissance Year Course, and is by the great Florentine sculptor Donatello (1386-1466).  It is an image of the Virgin and Child, by far the most common type of privately owned art object in this period.  Images such as this served as aids to […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Labours of the Months, Florence, c.1450

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 […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Triumph of Love, Florence, c.1460

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.  […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Pisanello, Medal of Lionello d’Este, 1444

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 […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Maiolica Dish, 1485-1490

By Paula Nuttall, Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course.

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