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‘Europe and Britannia’ (V&A Podcast: Salon II)

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Although they have now been open for exactly six weeks, I have to admit that I still get a thrill from popping down into the Europe Galleries to find them now populated, not only with objects but also real-live visitors. Visitors considering objects; taking in the new high ceilings and opened up spaces; conscientiously reading […]

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Globetrot, Haggle, Report: The V&A Art Referee in the 19th Century

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The V&A Archive has just completed a project to catalogue to item-level the contents of 51 boxes of Art Referee Reports. Now we can help museum staff and researchers find provenance information for objects acquired by the South Kensington Museum from 1863-1886. We plan to make the catalogue available online later this year. What are […]

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Family Art Fun in the Europe Galleries 1600-1815

Europe Family Tour group with Curator Dawn Hoskin

Since November, eight families have been training to be volunteer tour guides for the new Europe galleries that opened in December 2015. Led by storyteller Diana Olutunmogun, families take part in six training sessions before delivering tours for other families during February half-term 2016 as part of the Family Art Fun programme. The first three […]

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Royal recycling

Profile of Emperor Leopold I on the bowl of the cup shown below

A Habsburg treasure in the V&A’s new Europe 1600-1815 Galleries When thinking of the collections of early modern European courts, masterpieces displayed in cabinets of curiosities and treasuries come to mind. In the V&A’s new galleries these appear as eternal treasures, pristine and immutable. But not every work was revered as sacrosanct masterpiece. As one of […]

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A new home for Neptune and Triton in the Europe 1600-1815 Gallery

Detail of Neptune's face © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Neptune and Triton (Mus. No. A.18-1950) by Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) is one of the V&A’s most well-known Italian marble groups. The sculpture, which stands nearly two meters high and weighs over 8oo kg was recently moved to the newly refurbished Europe 1600-1815 gallery, where it now stands in prime position, with Neptune casting his terrifying gaze upon […]

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Lambrequins and Luxury

Tapestry of wool and silk, Paris, 1670-1700

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Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and Beyond Conference marking the tercentenary of the close of Louis XIV’s reign   Come and join us at the V&A on Saturday, 5 December 2015, for a conference marking 300 years since the end of Louis XIV’s reign and celebrating the opening of the Europe 1600-1815 galleries in December. Supported […]

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Liam Byrne interview on BBC Radio 3

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Our music resident Liam Byrne was interviewed and performed in BBC Radio 3 yesterday. He talked about his residency and his relationship to the V&A collection – and of course about his upcoming performances inside Trajan’s column! You can listen to it in the link below, Liam starts talking at 1:21:34 and then again at 1:37:52. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xqczq […]

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The Conservation of Marie Antoinette’s Chair

Armchair, before treatment with its 1970’s upholstery and blue paint

Zoe Allen, Senior Gilded Furniture and Frames Conservator Phil James, Technician, Technical Services This painted and gilded carved walnut chair is part of a suite of furniture made for Marie Antoinette’s Cabinet Particulier in the palace of Saint – Cloud outside of Paris. It was made by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (1748–1803) in 1788 and was painted […]

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A ‘Tragedie en Musique’ performed on 8th January 1685

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Today in 1685 ‘Roland, tragédie en musique’’was first performed by the Académie Royale de Musique before King Louis XIV at Versailles. This 1685 publication of the libretto to ‘Roland, Tragedy in Music’ will feature in the new Europe Galleries as part of a display looking at musical performance in the 17th century. ‘Roland’ is one of […]

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Help us ‘Masquerade’ at the Museum this week …

Helping to ensure life and movement in the galleries, Harlequin invites you dance, play and perform with him

This week, visitors to the Museum will be able to take a sneak-peak at an exciting interactive being created for the new Europe 1600-1800 galleries. ‘The Masquerade’ is an interactive film, offering a fictional view of 18th-century Venice. By interacting with our mischievous guide Harlequin, visitors will be able to shadow the main characters as […]

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