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Baroque

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The Baroque style dominated Europe between the 17th and the mid-18th century. Its influence also spread worldwide, making it the first style to have a significant global impact. As the rich array of objects in the V&A's collection show, Baroque spanned the visual arts and transformed the look of churches, palaces, public squares and theatres. Its emphasis on emotion and movement placed the viewer at the heart of the drama.

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From opulent furniture to imposing portraits to grand wine sets, our collection shows that the Baroque style intended to impress. As well as masterpieces by the likes of Gianlorenzo Bernini, renowned for his 'living sculpture', and Grinling Gibbons, the most celebrated British woodcarver of the period, there are exquisite examples of craftsmanship drawn from across the visual arts, such as ivory-covered cabinets, painted mirrors and lavishly decorated metal tankards.

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Photo of Guitar, Joachim Tielke, 1693, Hamburg, Germany. Museum no. 676-1872. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Guitar, Joachim Tielke, 1693, Hamburg, Germany. Museum no. 676-1872. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Peg tankard, unknown maker, about 1690, probably Denmark. Museum no. LOAN:GILBERT.603-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Peg tankard, unknown maker, about 1690, probably Denmark. Museum no. LOAN:GILBERT.603-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Pier table, Lucio de Lucci and Andrea Brustolon, 1680–1700, Venice, Italy. Museum no. W.6:1,2-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Pier table, Lucio de Lucci and Andrea Brustolon, 1680–1700, Venice, Italy. Museum no. W.6:1,2-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Neptune and Triton, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, about 1622-23, Italy. Museum no. A.18:1-1950. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Neptune and Triton, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, about 1622-23, Italy. Museum no. A.18:1-1950. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Mirror, Antoine Monnoyer, 1710–20, London. Museum no. W.36:1 to 3-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mirror, Antoine Monnoyer, 1710–20, London. Museum no. W.36:1 to 3-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Tapestry, Charles Le Brun, 1670–1700, Paris, France. Museum no. T.371-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tapestry, Charles Le Brun, 1670–1700, Paris, France. Museum no. T.371-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Virgin of Sorrows, bust, José de Mora, about 1680–1700, Granada, Spain, painted pinewood. Museum no. 1284-1871. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Virgin of Sorrows, bust, José de Mora, about 1680–1700, Granada, Spain, painted pinewood. Museum no. 1284-1871. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Time and Death, relief, Caterina de Julianis, before 1727, Italy, coloured and moulded wax. Museum no. A.3-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Time and Death, relief, Caterina de Julianis, before 1727, Italy, coloured and moulded wax. Museum no. A.3-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, model, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1672, Italy, terracotta. Museum no. A.93-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, model, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1672, Italy, terracotta. Museum no. A.93-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Carved cravat, Grinling Gibbons, about 1690, London, lime wood. Museum no. W.181:1-1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Carved cravat, Grinling Gibbons, about 1690, London, lime wood. Museum no. W.181:1-1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Marlborough ewer and basin, Elie Pacot, 1711–12, Lille, France, silver. Museum no. M.5-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Marlborough ewer and basin, Elie Pacot, 1711–12, Lille, France, silver. Museum no. M.5-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Cup and cover, Philipp Singer, 1681, Tuscany, Italy, ivory. Museum no. 74-1865. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cup and cover, Philipp Singer, 1681, Tuscany, Italy, ivory. Museum no. 74-1865. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Costume design for Hercules from Atys by Jean-Louis Berain, 1676, France. Museum no. S.1108-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Costume design for Hercules from Atys by Jean-Louis Berain, 1676, France. Museum no. S.1108-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Milk pan, Daniel Marot, about 1694, Delft, Netherlands. Museum no. C.57-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Milk pan, Daniel Marot, about 1694, Delft, Netherlands. Museum no. C.57-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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