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What to wear when you don’t have a halo

278:3, cutting from a choir book, initial D with a miniature of St. Agnes. Germany, 15th century. © V&A Museum.

Sometimes, when looking through medieval manuscripts, it seems that everyone is wearing a halo – page after page of holy families, saints and virgin martyrs! This beautiful image of Saint Agnes (with her lamb) has beautiful flowing hair, a shimmering halo, and a heavenly crown. But a mere mortal woman could not copy this look. […]

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Here be Dragons

244:3, Leaf from choir-book with initial S in red pen-work on green and blue ground depicting a dragon. Netherland. late 12th century, © V&A Museum.

When we think of the Middle Ages we often imagine a world full of knights, castles and, of course, dragons. Sightings of dragons appear periodically in medieval chronicles such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of AD.793 which mentions ‘dreadful fore-warnings…whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament”. This 15th century illustrated version of Pliny’s ‘Natural History’ […]

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The Early Music Movement and the V&A

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In Britain the adoption of period instruments and historically informed practices (HIP) for the performance of ‘early music’ (generally understood to encompass music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods) dates to the 1970s, with some ensembles, such as the Deller Consort, blazing a trail earlier still. Looking through the concert files in the V&A […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 01

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As promised I will be blogging a ‘Shop of the Day’ every day until the Tower opens.  I will endeavour to give you a bit of background to the shop if possible.  All these photographs that I will be putting up have been Photoshopped ready to make into ceramic transfers. Let me know your favourite shops… ©Barnaby […]

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Making Connections

Casket with saints and other figures, carved ivory on wood, painted and gilt, possibly Sicily or Southern Italy, c.1100-1200. Museum no. 603-1902 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As a student at the Courtauld Institute of Art my perception of the V&A’s collections is often shaped by my art historical studies. Over the last couple of years I have experienced the museum both as a student and as a volunteer. I have been volunteering as a Welcoming Ambassador at the V&A for a […]

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Stained Glass on Paper: Medieval and Renaissance Designs

Design for a stained glass window, pen and ink and red chalk drawing by Hans Baldung Grun, German, ca. 1508.

If you’ve ever wandered the corridors of the V&A, you’ve probably come across the dazzling Sacred Silver and Stained Glass gallery (if not, I definitely recommend a visit!). This is one of my favourite rooms in the museum, both for the beautiful effects produced by the changing light at different times of day and year, […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Director’s Circle exclusive object handling session

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Focus On… The Wolsey Angels and Early 16th – Century Sculpture Director’s Circle members were given an exclusive object handling session exploring the art-historical context of the Wolsey Angels. Members joined Director, Martin Roth, and the Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, ceramics and Glass, Paul Williamson at this unique behind-the-scenes event to understand the Angels in […]

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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)

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‘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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Save the Wolsey Angels – Johanna Stephenson, Senior Sales Assistant

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‘To think that for so long people may have owned these statues and been completely unaware of what they were!’ 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 what it would […]

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