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Explore the shift from Gothic to Renaissance, from the innovations of Van Eyck in Flanders to those of early Renaissance Florence, alongside the V&A’s spectacular collections of late medieval textiles and renaissance sculpture.
Gothic reached its apogee at the courts of Bohemia, Burgundy and France around 1400, where princely patrons commissioned artworks of superlative craftsmanship and beauty.
Meanwhile, an increasingly wealthy urban elite in cities like Bruges and Florence expanded the scope of artistic patronage. New styles and attitudes were also emerging. In Flanders, the Van Eycks achieved unprecedented naturalism in painting, while in Italy the rediscovery of classical antiquity, promoted by humanist studies, contributed to the creation of a new style by Donatello, Ghiberti, Masaccio and Brunelleschi. Concomitantly, traditional art forms such as tapestry and embroidery, manuscripts and metalwork continued to be prized.
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Dr Paula Nuttall is an art historian specialising in the Renaissance and has taught on the V&A Academy's Medieval and Renaissance course since its inception in 1993. She studied at the Courtauld Institute, writing her Ph.D thesis on artistic relations between the Netherlands and Italy, on which she has published widely.
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