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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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Italian Art in Britain: a love story

By Glyn Davies Anyone who’s visited the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries can’t fail to have noticed their strongly Italian flavour. Italian art and craft is one of the strengths of the Museum’s historical collections, and it’s telling that we possess probably the most important collection of Italian renaissance sculpture outside Italy. Visitors can see works […]

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