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Art & design in Renaissance Europe 1400–1500

The V&A's collections include some of the most significant surviving artworks of the 1400s. These reflect the interests of Europe's noble élite and merchant classes, most notably a revival of interest in ancient Roman art and architecture, which was one key characteristic of the Renaissance. The close imitation of Classical forms and ornament was applied to buildings, as well as to furniture and smaller objects intended for the home and worship. Linear perspective was one of the most significant artistic techniques introduced during this period. Gothic art continued to develop and retained its popularity in many parts of Europe, while complicated patterns of lines, leaves and letter-forms on objects imported from the Near East also influenced western decorative arts.

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Japanese Art and Design: The Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Hardback)

Japanese Art and Design: The Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Hardback)

Published to accompany the reopening of the V&A's refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Art and Design in November 2015. The V&A has the UK's larges…

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Game: The Definery

Luxury or Vulgar? Let The Definery help you decide what objects to own. Simply enter an object into The Definery, answer a series of questions about the object, and wait for its judgement.

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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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