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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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