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Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, Francesco Bartolozzi, late 19th century. Museum no. E.2128A-1917

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was an Italian Renaissance architect, musician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. The V&A has five of Leonardo's notebooks in its collections. Known as the Forster Codices, the notebooks were owned by John Forster and bequeathed by him to the V&A in 1876.

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 - Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250-1500

Tue 22 September 2015–Tue 05 July 2016

2015-2016 YEAR COURSE: Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Chart important stylistic developments from High Gothic to the renaissance revival of classical antiquity, the rise of realistic representation and the emergence of artistic personalities.

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