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Exploring the Edge: The Significance of the Marginal

1.	Hans and Ambroise Holbein, ‘Folly Descends from the Pulpit’, marginal drawing in a copy of The Praise of Folly by Erasmus, pen and black ink, 1515, Kunstmuseum Basel

We love thinking about all kinds of material traces at the V&A – even those that might seem taboo, like writing, or even drawing, in books. Current History of Design MA student, Alicia Farrow, tackles a recent research paper by the V&A’s Head of Research, Professor Bill Sherman, which celebrates what might seem to be […]

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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: “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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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: St George Altarpiece, Valencia, c.1400

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

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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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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Christ on a Donkey, Germany, c.1480

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

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Veit Stoss, “Virgin and Child”, c.1490

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

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