Room 8: Faiths & Empires 300–1250

The Becket Casket, France, about 1180. Museum no. M.66-1997

The William and Eileen Ruddock Gallery

This gallery explores how Christian art forms developed within the later Roman Empire. Early medieval rulers, such as Charlemagne, looked back to the forms and values of Roman art. It also shows how from about the year 1000, the increasingly powerful Christian church found a visual expression in the magnificent stone churches and abbeys that dominated the landscape.

Room 8 is on Level 1 of the V&A South Kensington.

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Objects you can find in this gallery:

The Wolsey Angels Appeal

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British Empire Exhibition Puzzle

British Empire Exhibition Puzzle

This thousand-piece interlocking jigsaw puzzle combines superb colour reproduction and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and vetera…

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Event - The Islamic Mediterranean:1000-1500

Wed 30 April 2014 11:00

6 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Between 1000 and 1500 AD, the Mediterranean was encircled by Islamic states. Explore the wealth of artistic production and how it circulated across the Islamic Mediterranean.

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