Room 73: Italian SouvenirsThis gallery is currently closed.
Room 73 houses micromosaics from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. Micromosaics depicting popular attractions became a sought after and convenient souvenir for the Grand Tourists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Mosaic, which originally flourished during the Classical period, was an ideal medium in which to depict the ruins of Classical Italy. The mosaics were also often small enough to be affordable and easily portable, yet still amply demonstrated the highly prized skill and virtuosity of mosaic.
Room 73 is on Level 3 of the V&A South Kensington.
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries are temporarily closed to protect objects during the Exhibition Road Building project. The galleries will reopen in 2015. In the meantime, a selection of gold boxes from the collection will go on travelling exhibitions to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (September 2014-March 2015), and to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (April 2015-.July 2015) The project will provide a beautifully designed courtyard, new entrance into the V&A and exhibition gallery, as well as a café for our visitors. It forms part of FuturePlan, our ambitious and long-term programme that is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections.