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.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work.

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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 - Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

Mon 27 July 2015–Tue 01 March 2016

DISPLAY: Facing History features a variety of portraits by contemporary artists and photographers, from Julian Opie , Grayson Perry and Alison Lambert to Bettina von Zwehl and Maud Sulter.

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