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Pyramus and Thisbe (detail)

Love and Nature in a Gold Beaker

An outstanding object in the wonderful Gilbert Collection  of the V&A caught my eye as curator Heike Zech and assistant curator Melodie Doumy took me around the storage facilities while the galleries are being renovated. My own research concerns the early modern Kunstkammer and this wondrous object made me think that in essence it could […]

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Gilty Pleasures

If there was one thing that that William Kent was good at, it was gold. Actually he was good at many things, but he approached gilding with a taste or ‘gusto’ that, quite literally, dazzled his contemporaries. Kent’s love of gold can be traced back to the years he spent in Italy as a young […]

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