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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Ramsey Abbey Censer and Incense Boat

The Ramsey Abbey Incense Boat and Censer, England, Silver and Silver Gilt, Medieval and Renaissance, room 10, case 13, Muse ref: M.269-1923 and M.268-1923 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London The silver-gilt censer and incense boat, exhibited side by side in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, are extremely rare survivals of 14th-century English, ecclesiastical, goldsmiths’ […]

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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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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Pisanello, Medal of Lionello d’Este, 1444

Pisanello, Leonello d’Este Medal, Verona, Italy, Cast Bronze, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 64, Case 14, Mus Ref: A.165-1910 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Portrait medals are fascinating objects for anyone interested in this period, as they embody so many of the characteristics typically associated with the renaissance.  Their form and inspiration are derived […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: “The Search for Truth”, Tapestry, Germany, c.1490

Unknown Maker(s), The Search After the Truth, Germany, Tapestry-woven wool and linen on linen warp, silk, embroidered, Medieval and Renaissance, Room 10, Case WN, Mus Ref: 4025-1856 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London This allegorical tapestry, woven in late fifteenth-century Germany, measuring 137 x 35 inches (87.6 x 344.8 cm), was the first tapestry purchase […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Crucified Christ, Giovanni Pisano, 1285 – 1300

The V&A’s spectacular collection of late medieval ivories is displayed in our award winning Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. This diminutive (15.5 cm high), late 13th-century, Italian, statuette of Christ, or corpus, lives in its own case, in Gallery 9. The Museum acquired it, together with a number of other medieval ivories, from John Webb, an […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Maiolica Dish, 1485-1490

By Paula Nuttall, Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course.

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