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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

Making Connections

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

Stained Glass on Paper: Medieval and Renaissance Designs

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

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

‘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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Paula with the Angels

Save the Wolsey Angels – Paula Nuttall, Course Director of the Late Medieval and Early Renaissance (Year Course)

‘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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Wolsey Angel badges

Save the Wolsey Angels – Johanna Stephenson, Senior Sales Assistant

‘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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Unpacking the angels

Save the Wolsey Angels – Isabel Hardingham, Gallery Assistant

‘The reunion of the Wolsey angels is a miraculous event; they deserve to be celebrated together at the V&A as works of art.’ 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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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: A Female Saint, c.1450 – 1500

The end of term has arrived, and we’ve reached the end of the 20th  Medieval and Renaissance Year Course.  I’ve enjoyed writing the ‘Twenty Objects’ blog, and will be back with occasional posts in the autumn.  Meanwhile the last of our ‘Twenty Objects for Twenty Years’ is written by a former student, Dr Samantha Darell […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The ‘Burgundian Windows’, Bruges, c.1500

Among the most historic – and historical – treasures in the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries are four stained glass panels from a series depicting the rulers of the Burgundian Netherlands, together with angels bearing coats-of-arms, originally from the windows of the Chapel of the Holy Blood in Bruges.  The V&A panels depict Mary, Duchess […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Donatello, Virgin and Child, c.1435, Florence

This week’s object has been chosen by students on the Medieval and Renaissance Year Course, and is by the great Florentine sculptor Donatello (1386-1466).  It is an image of the Virgin and Child, by far the most common type of privately owned art object in this period.  Images such as this served as aids to […]

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