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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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Renaissance Velvets

Renaissance Velvets

Silk velvet was first woven in Europe during the second half of the thirteenth century, but it reached a peak of perfection during the fifteenth and s…

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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 - Lunchtime Lecture: Creating the Europe 1600-1800 Galleries

Wed 16 December 2015 13:00–13:45

FREE TALK: This lecture given by Senior Curators Lesley Miller and Joanna Norman will explore the process behind the refurbishment and reinterpretation of the newly reopened major suite of galleries devoted to the art and design of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Europe.

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