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New galleries open at the V&A


Image: V&A and Apollo Magazine

The Victoria and Albert Museum has opened 10 new medieval and Renaissance galleries.

Richard Dorment wrote in the Telegraph -

There is a beautiful moment in the Romanesque section when the visitor’s path through the gallery is blocked by a monumental stone screen dating from about 1160. Looking through the three semi-circular arches and slim columns surmounted by decorative capitals, we catch a glimpse of a tour de force of the medieval goldsmith’s art – a gilded tabernacle made in Cologne in the form of a domed basilica decorated with champlevé (raised ground) enamel and carved ivory figures – one of only two such objects in the world.

I could spend the rest of this article describing the 13th-century French stained glass, or rave about the 14th-century English textiles, tapestries, and illuminated manuscripts lent by the British Museum for a rotating display. But two objects near the end of the medieval display stand out. . .

Caroline Campbell wrote in Apollo -

The V&A was the first national museum in Britain to establish a research department, and a methodical intellectual re-examination of the museum’s vast medieval and renaissance holdings has under-pinned the seven years of work on the galleries.

Vast medieval and renaissance holdings. . .What a wonderful lurk this must be.

By the way, Apollo Magazine was founded in London in 1925. It looks stunning and covers with scholarly interest everything from antiquities to contemporary art.

Comments (1)

Death Bredon:

Just one more reason for a long overdue "homecoming" visit.

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