Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

The V&A holds the national collection of British portrait miniatures, a unique watercolour art form which developed during the reign of Henry VIII and had its heyday in the reign of Queen Victoria before the rise in popularity of photography. The collection contains over 2000 portrait miniatures with foreign examples acquired to provide a wider context.

The Wolsey Angels Appeal

We urgently need your help to raise the £5,000,000 it will cost for the V&A to acquire four Renaissance angels cast for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and later in the possession of Henry VIII.

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The Portrait Miniature in England

The Portrait Miniature in England

A fascinating account of the development of English miniature painting featuring masterpieces from the V&A's collection, which contains some of th…

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Event - Renaissance Portraits

Fri 05 June 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the evolution and important social role of portraiture in the Renaissance. Discover how portraits were made, and how they were used in contexts ranging from marriage to death, dynasty to devotion.

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