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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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British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age (Paperback)

British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age (Paperback)

This landmark book celebrates the best of British design, documenting the transformation and impact of designers' work over the years between the post…

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A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

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Event - Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Tour

Wed 01 January 2014–Thu 31 December 2015

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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