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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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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Death and Art: Europe 1200-1530

Death and Art: Europe 1200-1530

In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, where life expectancy was under forty and the Church taught that, after dying, the soul faced a terrifying and unc…

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Event - Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Tour

Wed 01 January 2014–Wed 31 December 2014

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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