The design book of Filippo Orsoni

These pages come from an album of drawings in pen, ink and wash with yellow watercolour. The album contains 306 pages of designs for armour and weapons. These designs were the work of a little-known painter called Filippo Orsoni, from Mantua in northern Italy. One of the pages is dated 1554. Orsoni may have wanted the designs to be published as many are annotated with self-promoting captions that openly tout for business.

Become a V&A Member

V&A Members enjoy a wealth of benefits, including free entry to exhibitions, previews, exciting events and the V&A Members’ Room. In addition, you will be supporting the vital work of the V&A.

Buy or Renew Membership Online

Shop online

Award-Winning British Design: 1957-1988

Award-Winning British Design: 1957-1988

In 1957 the UK Design Centre launched the first annual Designs of the Year Awards to identify and promote the very best of British design. For the nex…

Buy now

Event - Book Launch: The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall

Mon 01 September 2014 15:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Hear the author Vikram Lall, speak about the Architecture of the Buddhist World and the process of researching the sites covered in the book series. Golden Lands is the first ever book series focusing solely on the architecture of Buddhism, exploring historical and modern sites across the world.

Book online