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Art & design in late Renaissance Europe 1500–1600

During this period the taste for ornament inspired by ancient Roman art, characteristic of the Renaissance, continued to co-exist with exuberant designs and compositions that recalled more recent 'Gothic' fashions and eastern influences. The ideals of harmony and balance fundamental to Classical art gave way to a more contorted and exaggerated style later labelled 'Mannerism'.

The new technology of the printing press was crucial to the ever-wider circulation of new fashions and designs. Printing technology also spread new controversial ideas about the role of statues, images and painting in Christian worship which fuelled debate between Catholics and Protestant reformers. Printed pictures and accounts introduced Europeans to the previously unknown peoples and landscapes of the Americas, as well as disseminating information about more familiar neighbours, such as the Turks.

By 1600 buildings and objects made in the styles now known as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Mannerism could be found throughout Europe. In many cathedrals and churches that survive today objects and phases of architecture reflecting these styles can still be found, frequently side-by-side.

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Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500

Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500

Jewellery hasalways been of central importance to all human societies, but medieval jewelleryis relatively less well-known. This book draws on the imp…

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What is Luxury?

25 April – 27 September 2015. What is Luxury? interrogates ideas of luxury today, addressing how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

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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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