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Art & design in early Renaissance Europe 1200–1400

This was a period of urban growth that saw large towns develop and the volume of international trade increase. Many of Europe's finest castles and cathedrals were built during these two centuries. Before the epidemic known as the Black Death in 1348, Europe's population was at its highest level for many centuries. Luxury goods and art works were produced in a style now known as 'Gothic'. Although it developed in Paris in the mid-1100s its popularity spread widely to centres as far apart as England and Hungary. Gothic was constantly reinvigorated by new ideas, and would remain a popular style well into the 1500s. A revitalised interest in ancient Roman culture began to develop, initially in Italy in the 1300s. This revival would become known to later generations as the Renaissance.

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Renaissance Secrets: Recipes and Formulas

Renaissance Secrets: Recipes and Formulas

From recipes for plague amulets to aphrodisiacs and formulas for everything from lip balm to paint pigments, this book takes you into the secret world…

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Video: Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin sketches another signature red-soled creation while discussing his early inspiration

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Event - Medieval and Renaissance Tour

Sat 28 November 2015–Sat 31 December 2016

TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 11.30.

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