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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.

Collection Highlights

Guitar, made by Joachim Tielke, 1693, Hamburg, Germany
peg tankard
Peg tankard, about 1690, Scandinavia
pier table
Pier table, Lucio de Lucci and Andrea Brustolon, 1680–1700, Venice, Italy
figure group
Neptune and Triton, figure group, sculpted by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, about 1622 – 23, Rome, Italy
Mirror, painted by Antoine Monnoyer, 1710 – 20, London, England
July, tapestry, designed by Charles Le Brun, made by by Gobelins, 1670 – 1700, Paris, France
Time and Death, relief, by Caterina de Julianis, 1727, Italy
The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, model, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1672, Italy
Carved cravat, made by Grinling Gibbons, about 1690, London, England
Marlborough ewer and basin, made by Elie Pacot, 1711 – 12, Lille, France
cup and cover
Cup and cover, sculpted by Philipp Singer, 1681, Tuscany, Italy
costume design
Costume design for Hercules from Atys, designed by Jean-Louis Berain, 1676, France
milk pan
Milk pan, designed by Daniel Marot, about 1694, Delft, Netherlands
The Virgin of Sorrows, bust, by José de Mora, about 1680 – 1700, Granada, Spain