Oak spiral staircase (1522-30) from a town house in Morlaix, Brittany 'Samson Slaying a Philistine', by Giovanni Bologna

Far left: Oak spiral staircase (1522-30) from a town house in Morlaix, Brittany, on display in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, the Simon Sainsbury Gallery. © V&A Images, photography by Alan Williams.

Left: 'Samson Slaying a Philistine', by Giovanni Bologna, called Giambologna (about 1562), made for the herb garden of Francesco de' Medici in Florence, purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and now on display in the beautifully restored Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, the Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery. Photography by Peter Durant.

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