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Save the Wolsey Angels – Family event: Drop-In Design – Angels and Knights

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‘Imagine you’re a renaissance Italian sculptor with an important new art work to create. You’ve got to design and create a sculpture of an angel or a knight for a rich prince…’   Angels and Knights drop-in design event © Victoria and Albert Museum Today we launched a new Drop-In Design event called Angels and […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Paula Nuttall, Course Director of the Late Medieval and Early Renaissance (Year Course)

Paula with the Angels

‘the Wolsey angels, one of the first works in the Italian renaissance style in England, must have seemed astonishingly novel and even exotic’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Wolsey Angels which we are currently trying to reunite, to try and find out just […]

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V&A Illustration Awards Open for Submissions

V&A Illustration Award winners, 2014,

We are pleased to announce that the online entry system for the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards is now open. The Awards have been running since 1972 and aim to celebrate the best in published and student illustration from this year. If you are a professional illustrator either living in the UK or publishing work here […]

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On Tour: David Bowie is

Queues at the Martin Gropius Bau to see the David Bowie exhibition.

David Bowie is… open at the MCA, Chicago The exhibition has travelled all the way from Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin to Chicago, where it will be on display until 4 January 2015. The MCA is the only US venue for this ground breaking exhibition. “This exhibition repatriates David Bowie, the musical innovator, into the […]

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Mini Post No. 9 – Sometimes we get things wrong!

The Darwin image under the XRF machine head. (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Let me begin with a little confession – while we like to think of ourselves as immune to them, sometimes we make silly mistakes. This happened most recently when we began the XRF analysis of some Julia Margaret Cameron photographs to see if the images had been tinted with other elements like gold. Many of […]

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Out On Display #6: Unite to Fight!

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                    Unite to Fight           Su Negrin, Inkworks Press           USA, offset lithograph, 1976           Given by Greenwich Mural Workshop           E.152-2011           On display in room 90     This […]

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Art Fund – Wedgwood Collection saved

Tray of Jasper Trials, 1773

Today the Art Fund announced that they have managed to raise the full £15.75m needed to save the Wedgwood Collection, 2 months ahead of their target, making this the fastest fundraising campaign in the Art Fund’s 111 year history. Launched on the 1st September with £13m already secured, the Art Fund turned to the public […]

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Born on this Day: François Boucher

Portrait of François Boucher, reception piece by Gustaf Lundberg for the Académie Royale de Peinture presented on January 28, 1741. Musée du Louvre

Having caught the autumnal lurgy which seems to be making its way around the city at the moment, I was off work yesterday. This meant that I’ve been pipped to the post by the V&A’s Facebook page in marking the birthday of the French court painter, draughtsman and etcher François Boucher. I’ve refrained from changing […]

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Art Fund appeal: Save the Wedgwood Collection

Barlaston shape teapot and cover in 'Summer Sky' pattern, 1955;

  The Art Fund are currently running an appeal to save the Wedgwood Collection from being separated and sold off. They have until the 30 November to raise the £15.75 m needed to ensure that one of the most significant industrial archives, consisting of over 80,000 objects and spanning over 250 years of history, remains […]

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A vintage fashion mystery

Width 5cm each, with various lengths, ca. 1945/1950; V&A Archive of Art and Design GC10/1

Dress trimmings for Rosalinde Gilbert Models Sometimes even with our combined efforts, the V&A’s curatorial team can only get marginally closer to solving the mysteries posed by even the most intriguing pieces. This is very much the case with four petite ornaments made of vibrant red resin, a light faux turquoise and faux pearls. The […]

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