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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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The Arts of Living Europe 1600 - 1815 (Hardback)

The Arts of Living Europe 1600 - 1815 (Hardback)

Published to accompany the landmark opening of the V&A's new Europe 1600 - 1800 galleries, The Arts of Living explores the breadth, depth and beau…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Event - High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1720

Wed 30 September 2015–Wed 06 July 2016

2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Study the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque, focussing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England.

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