Medieval

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The Medieval collections tell the colourful story of early European art and culture from the decline of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance (300 – about 1500). The collection is outstanding in its range and depth, bringing together treasures of sacred and secular art from around Europe.

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Highlights of the collection include an early 12th-century ewer in the form of a griffin from Germany, and an equally rare surviving English iron helmet, or sallet, that may have seen action in the Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485).

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Photo of Sallet, 1460 – 1490, England. Museum no. M.580-1927. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Sallet, 1460 – 1490, England. Museum no. M.580-1927. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of 'October; The Labours of the Months' (roundel), unknown, about 1480, England. Museum no. C.134-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'October; The Labours of the Months' (roundel), unknown, about 1480, England. Museum no. C.134-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Gloucester Candlestick, 1107 – 1113, England. Museum no. 7649:1 to 3-1861. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Gloucester Candlestick, 1107 – 1113, England. Museum no. 7649:1 to 3-1861. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Griffin ewer, about 1120, possibly Germany or Belgium. Museum no. 1471-1870. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Griffin ewer, about 1120, possibly Germany or Belgium. Museum no. 1471-1870. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Symmachi Panel, about 400 AD, Italy. Museum no. 212-1865. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Symmachi Panel, about 400 AD, Italy. Museum no. 212-1865. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Altarpiece with 45 scenes of the Apocalypse, Master Bertram, about 1400, Germany. Museum no. 5940-1859. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Altarpiece with 45 scenes of the Apocalypse, Master Bertram, about 1400, Germany. Museum no. 5940-1859. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Virgin and Child, Carlo Crivelli, about 1480, Italy. Museum no. 492-1882. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Virgin and Child, Carlo Crivelli, about 1480, Italy. Museum no. 492-1882. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Dead Christ (figure), about 1250. Italy. Museum no. A.2&:2-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Dead Christ (figure), about 1250. Italy. Museum no. A.2&:2-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Becket Casket, about 1180 – 1190, France. Museum no. M.66-1997. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Becket Casket, about 1180 – 1190, France. Museum no. M.66-1997. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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