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Tiepolo’s Apollo and Daphne

G.B. Tiepolo, Apollo and Daphne © V&A Museum

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne was universally admired during the 17th century. In Filippo Baldinucci‘s Life of Bernini (1598-1680), the marble group of Apollo and Daphne is cast as the youthful sculptor’s first great public triumph. Baldinucci describes the statue’s reception as follows: “Immediately when it was seen to have been finished, there arose […]

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How do you make a book?

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The answer to that question depends on where and when you come from. As an apprentice working in the National Art Library I handle many books every day and I am always amazed at the variety of styles I come across. Every time I encounter a poor thing which is damaged I find myself suppressing my […]

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Saint Cecilia in V&A collections

Ventura Salimbeni, Virgin and Child with the martyred Saint Cecilia and angels, detail © V&A Museum, London

Very few works by the Italian artist Stefano Maderno (1576-1636) survive and his fame rests primarily on the sculpture of Saint Cecilia in the church of Santa Cecilia in Rome, made when he was 23. The sculpture was commissioned by Paolo Emilio Sfondrati (1560-1618) who opened the sarcophagus of Saint Cecilia. Through the inscription beneath, […]

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Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674), "Man in a Plumed Hat", Museum no. Dyce.422 ©Victoria and Albert Museum

This weekend a new display, Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age opens here at the V&A, offering visitors the chance to see some previously little-known treasures from the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection. The V&A’s outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings is one of the largest and most important in […]

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The Way that Can Be Spoken: Calligraphic Performance by Wang Dongling

Wang Dongling writing out the text of his calligraphic performance

On Wednesday night London Craft Week welcomed the accomplished Chinese calligrapher Wang Dongling 王冬齡 to their glamorous launch party at the V&A. Professor Wang, who teaches at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, was invited to this celebration of makers and making to perform before a live audience. He took the stage with a […]

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National Art Library bank holiday weekend closure

A reminder to all our users that the National Art Library will be closed for the bank holiday weekend from 18.30 on Friday 29th April, and will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 3rd May. You can order your items ahead of your visit for when we re-open: advance orders received after 16:30 on the Friday will […]

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East London in pictures: Arthur Villiers’ gift from the Gardner Collection

View of Hackney, engraving by an unknown artist for Walter Harrison’s ‘History of London’, 1775. Museum no. E.4552-1923. ©Victoria and Albert Museum

With the announcement that a new V&A site is planned for the Olympic Park in Stratford, it seems timely that I have just finished cataloguing a set of more than 400 prints and drawings relating to East London. My earlier post about a balloon flight from the Mermaid Tavern in Hackney gave a little taster of the fascinating objects I have been working […]

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Learning the Value of Comics: A Lesson in Criminality

In the last episode, I encountered unexpected chicanery and duplicity when it came to adding to my collection. During my childhood, comics took me out of the world. In adulthood, they pushed back me into the world. Collecting comics also made me see money in a different light. When I ran short on unread comics […]

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Illustration Awards: Dame Jacqueline Wilson to judge 2016 competition

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We are just thrilled to announce that the former Children’s Laureate, one of the nation’s favourite authors and a writer with as strong a claim as any to the title of “National Treasure” – Dame Jacqueline Wilson – will be judging the published categories of the 2016 V&A Illustration Awards.

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BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award Editorial winners

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With limited page space and tight commission deadlines, the editorial illustrator must demonstrate the flare and imagination to sum up complex ideas quickly. Here we list – in no particular order – 5 of our favourite winners of the V&A Illustration Awards Editorial category.

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