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Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

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

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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