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Detail of crozier showing St. Olaf, A.1-2002 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

St. Olaf

Saint Olaf (Eng: Olave; b.995, d.1030), or to give him is full name, King Saint Olaf II Haraldsson, was King of Norway, 1015-1028. Unusually for a saint (but not necessarily for a medieval king, or a Viking for that matter) he was an extremely violent man. Missionary attempts that he conducted in remote parts of […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Paul Jesson helps launch the campaign

“The recovery of Wolsey’s angels is one of those miracles that historians pray for; something that seems irrevocably lost has been there all the time. To claim the angels for the nation would connect us to one of the liveliest eras of our history and one of its most remarkable men.” – Hilary Mantel   […]

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Week 13: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

3D scanning is essentially taking a multitude of photos around an object, recording reality in a slightly reduced form. The direct visible result of a scan has a certain aesthetic appeal but can’t quite be compared to what you would achieve with a regular camera. The benefits of a 3D scan actually lie below the surface, in the […]

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Week 9: Leda and the Neon

Has Greek mythology ever disappointed in delivering absurd story lines? Not that we can think of. Take for instance Leda and the Swan, the classic tale of Zeus appearing in the form of a swan to seduce Leda. Although the story has been depicted by many artists and in different form over the years, our attention was caught […]

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Uncovering Michelangelo’s David

The renovation of the V&A’s Cast Courts has given me the opportunity to study and conserve one of the V&A’s most iconic objects, Michelangelo’s David – albeit in cast form. It’s tempting to think of a cast of a sculpture as something of an inferior copy, but the V&A’s plaster cast of probably the most famous […]

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Week 7: If loving a goat is wrong, we don’t want to be right

During the last two weeks we have been going through the museum to scan the first objects we found both good-looking (e.g. Narcissus, Museum no. 7560-1861) and interesting. Ticking both boxes, the life-sized, porcelain Meissen goat (Museum no. C.111-1932) evoked great feelings of joy with all of us and so it was agreed that this had to be our first Muse. The goat is one of […]

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From Digital to Physical – an update from The T/Shirt Issue studio

Digital Design Residents The T/Shirt Issue have been busy over the past couple of weeks finding inspiration from the Museum collections and creating paper patterns which turn into wonderful 3D paper sculptures. We are loving the animals they have popping out of the wall of the studio and can’t wait to see what will emerge […]

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The T/Shirt Issue – first V&A blog post

Hello and welcome to our first blog post!  We’re about to embark on a journey to the centre of the V&A and would very much like to share this special experience with you. Hosted by both the Museum and the Goethe Institut London, our Digital Design Residency will run from April until the end of […]

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Cleopatra’s Needle

The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;Purple the sails, and so perfumed thatThe winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and madeThe water which they beat to follow faster,As amorous of their strokes. So Shakespeare imagined […]

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One month to go…

The end of March sees Sophia, Marcia and James coming to the end of their residencies here at the Museum. With this in mind I thought I would pop up to James’ studio and share with you some pictures of what’s been going on up there! If you’d like a chance to hear more about […]

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