Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 16 May 2020

Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

  • Opening on Saturday, 16 May 2020

  • Room 38

  • £15.00

    Concessions apply.
    Advance booking is recommended.

Bringing together 200 rarely-seen masterpieces, this exhibition will present the exquisite medium as a unified art form for the first time, exploring its pivotal role in understanding, interpreting and documenting the natural world.

Supported by V&A Members

Exhibition Highlights

Watercolour of Charles d’Orleans in the Tower of London
Charles d’Orleans in the Tower of London, from Charles d'Orleans' Poetry, about 1483. © British Library Board
Watercolour of daffodils and butterfly
Daffodils and a Red Admiral Butterfly (verso), Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, about 1575, England. Museum no. AM.3267A-1856. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Watercolour map of western Tuscany
A bird's-eye view of western Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci, about 1503 – 04. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020
Portrait miniature of an unknown man against a background of flames
Unknown man against a background of flames, Nicholas Hilliard, about 1600, England. Museum no. P.5-1917. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Portrait miniature of Zaga Christ
Portrait of Zaga Christ, Giovanna Garzoni, 1635. © Philip Mould & Company
Watercolour of A Young Daughter of the Picts
A Young Daughter of the Picts, Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, about 1585. Courtesy of The Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Watercolour of stag beetle
Stag Beetle, Albrecht Dürer, 1505. Courtesy of the Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Portrait miniature of Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I (unfinished), Isaac Oliver, about 1590 – 92, England. Museum no. P.8-1940. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Watercolour of Nonsuch Palace
Nonsuch Palace from the South, Joris Hoefnagel, 1568, England. Museum no. E.2781-2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Portrait miniature of Henry Frederick
Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, Isaac Oliver, about 1610. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020
Watercolour of a timber-framed building
A 'weierhaus'; a timber-framed building (probably a fisherman's house) on a mound with trees at the centre of a lake, a punt in the left foreground, Albrecht Dürer, about 1497. © The Trustees of the British Museum
Watercolour of a red squirrel
Red Squirrel, Hans Hoffmann, 1578. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Background image: Daffodils and a Red Admiral Butterfly, watercolour, Jacques Lemoyne de Morgues, about 1575, England. Museum no. AM.3267A-1856. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London