Victoria and Albert Museum

MAY 11,2013 - MAY 11,2013 (1 DAYS)

United Kingdom

1 DAYS

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Victoria and Albert Museum - not to be missed by anyone with an interest in fashion, ceramics, history, interior design or art. Wonderful mix of modern, traditional, and historically themed galleries. Amazing breadth and depth of subject matter.

Start & End, Acess: Tunnel to the South Kensington Tube stop.

Admission: Free admission.

Duration: Like the British Museum, this is a place you could spend an hour or several days. This museum is so huge and endless that one visit is not enough! Far too much to see in one visit so if you have limited time do your research before you arrive to make the best use of your time you need to be selective.

Food: The restaurant is enormous but very popular so if you want lunch you need to be aware that at peak times it's crowded. The restaurant is excellent with great variety of food and a magnificent setting in the original decorated 19th century dining halls.

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The Morris Room, designed by William Morris:

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Tips: Go to the cafe it is beautiful, often a piano player on Saturdays.Go in the spring or the summer and sit outside by the pond.

 The V&A is enormous, probably a little overwhelming. Free guided tours will reveal details of a small sample of the exhibits - for days or weeks. Or just admire the design and workmanship as you explore the galleries. This is an amazing building with an interesting collection of exhibits. Visit this imposing building and its contents, you won't be disappointed.

The building itself is astonishing:

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The Photography Gallery:

Other Britain:

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 Robert Frank (born 1924), London Street, 1951:

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 China Culture:

A messenger with a letter - from a family tomb:

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Qifao Manchofe - 1644-1919, Chinese dress of the elite':

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Lady Portrait Qins Dynasty 1830-1900:

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Heroic soldier 2nd Century AD:

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Tomb guard man, retaliates ghosts, Tang Dynasty 700-750 AD:

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Laozi - Old man riding on ox - Qing dynasy 18th century:

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Bodhisattva, Jin dynasty 1115-1234:

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Cloud on a mountain, modern art work, year 2000:

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Ivory model of ship, 1800 AD:

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Head of Buddha, Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD):

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 Japan culture:

Karaov -Chinese dress of women in cermonial events, year 1980:
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Inro - small parcels for carrying money, medicines and stamps, Edo period, 1615-1868:

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Amida -Buddhist figure, king of the wetern paradise, 1200-1300:

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One of (ten) judges of Hell:

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Oyoroi - Armour,  1100-1200 AD:

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Guan Di, 1640-1700, Qing Dynasty, famous General that fought in the civil wars 2nd-3rd centuries AD:

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Samurai:

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Korea culture:

Modern silk dress, year 1995:

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India culture:

Shiva, Nataraju-Chola, 8th - 10th centuries AD:

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Parsvanetha - one of the Jain religion saints:

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Famous Tipoo's Tiger, Mysore, India, musical instrument:

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Part of tent, South India, 1640:

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Surya, the Sun God holds Lotus flowers, middle of 13th century, Karnatha, India:

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Black hot dance, part of dancer apron, Tibet, 19th century:

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Wish Fullfilling Cow, Hindu, 1900-1950:

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Room 48a: The Raphael Cartoons. Photos not allowed:

This room houses the surviving designs painted by Raphael, one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance artists, for tapestries commissioned in Rome in 1515 by Pope Leo the 10th. These were to be hang in the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican, Rome on the walls beneath the ceiling by his contemporary Michelangelo. Although, originally, only designs (known as 'cartoons') to guide the weavers, they are now among the greatest artistic treasures in Britain. Owned by the British Royal Family since 1623. They have been on loan to the Museum since year 1865. Leo X commissioned a set of tapestry designs, or cartoons, from Raphael in 1515. The ten cartoons depicted episodes from the lives of Saints Peter and Paul. The scenes, whose content Leo X most likely worked out in discussion with Raphael and Vatican theologians, all served to emphasise the pre-eminence of the Roman Church and the legitimacy of papal succession. His choice of Raphael as designer of the tapestries was a bold move. Tapestries had long been a speciality of Flanders, with Flemish artists providing the designs and doing the weaving. By commissioning tapestry designs from one of the giants of Italian art, Leo X was creating something special - a combination of Italian Renaissance aesthetics and Flemish weaving expertise:

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Raphael, The Healing of the Lame Man:

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Raphael, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes:

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Raphael, Christ's Charge to Peter:

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Raphael, The Sacrifice at Lystra:

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Retablo of St. George, from a church in valencia, Spain:, 1410 AD:

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The Middle Ages section:

The Boppard Altar piece, wood relief, 1500-1510 AD:

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Clay relief, Andrea de la Robia, 1500-1510 AD:

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Virgin of the Misericordia - Bartholomeo Bon, Venice School:

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Copy of relief on a warrior tomb, Verona, Italy:

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Middle Ages and Renaissance sculptures:

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Metalwork of Coventry, Francis Skidmore, The Hereford Screen:

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Samson slaying a Philistine, Giovanni Bologna:

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Leonardo-de-Vinci Codex. The V&A has five of Leonardo's notebooks in its collections. Known as the Codex Forster, the notebooks were owned by John Forster and bequeathed by him to the V&A in 1876.

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British Galleries, room 57a. The Great Bed of Ware, 1590:

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Young Man among Roses (Portrait miniature),  ca. 1587, England,Hilliard, Nicholas:

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Three portraits of Charles I, ca. 1750:

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Charles II:

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Cabinet of John Evelyn, 1664-1665:

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 The State Bed from Melville House, Fife, is the most spectacular single exhibit in the Victoria and Albert Museum's British Galleries, 1700:

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George Friedrich Handel, 1738:

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 Table Clock:

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Paintings, room 87. Life-Boat and Manby Apparatus Going Off to a Stranded Vessel Making Signal (Blue Lights) of Distress
Turner, born 1775 - died 1851:

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Hove Beach with Fishing Boats, John Constable, England, early 19th century:

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East Cowes Castle, William Turner:

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Middle East section:

Picnic Mosaic, Isfahan, Iran, 1600-1700 AD:

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Carpet from Isfahan, Iran:

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Portrait of Fath Ali Shuh, 1800-1830 AD:

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Mosaic of Mecca and the Black Stone, Iznik, Turkey:

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Miniature of Gaht, Tiruchirappalli, India:

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Persian Miniature:

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Gold, Silver & Mosaics, room 70:

The Lafayette Vase, given as a gift to Gilbert du Motier' Marquis de Lafayette who assisted in the French Revolution and the USA Independence War in 1830:

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Silver tray for holding babies in wealthy families:

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Design and Furniture Galleries:

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The Library, design from 1945:

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Quasimodo, Lindvall, Jonas, born 1963, Sweden, 1995:

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Dyson Vacuum Cleaner, designed for the Japanese market, 1979:
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Cucumber Sandwiches; Weeds, Aliens and Other Stories (Bench), 1998, London,  Anastassiades, Michael:

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Chair, Sweden, 1994-1997, Dahlström, Björn, CBI (manufacturer):

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Chair Thing, Murdoch, Peter, born 1940:

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Chair, Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928:

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Japanese Drawers cupboard, 1970:

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Home appliances:

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Radio sets 1920-1960:

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Patriot Midget (Radio), 1940, United States, Bel Geddes, Norman:

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The Cast Court (Note: some of the large works are actually copies made...):

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Relief from Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery, Spain:

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Reliefs from Aixe-de-Provence and bronze bodies of British nobles from the Rouen Cathedral:

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Jesus carries the Cross, from a church in Nuremberg:

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Troy conquest - from a church in Rome:

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Figure of woman, Italian sculpture from 1472. Exhibited in Berlin Museum, destroyed in WW2 and restored:

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Copy of Verrochio sculpture (original in Florence), David and Goliath:

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"The Becket Casket." V&A Museum, London. From Limoges, France, ca. 1180-1190:

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 The Sculptures Court:

Albert Einstein, 1933, by Jacob Epstein:

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Propspero and Ariel, 1931, by Eric Gill:

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Crouching Boy, Manfred Turner, 1934:

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Rodin Sculptures:

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 The Age of Bronze, circa1876, by Auguste Rodin:

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Balsac, Rodin, 1891-1892:

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Michelangelo's Moses, 1513-1515 (cast):

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Donatello, David, 1425-30 (cast):

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Caius Gabriel Cibber, 1680-1690:

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Three Lions from Rosenburg castle, Copenhagen:

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 The Historical Fashion Exhibit is a major highlight of interest to young and old even if fashion isn't necessarily your thing and of major international importance:

 Grace Kelly,  Style Icon exhibition, evening dresses, the 20ths of the 20 century:

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Grace Kelly, Style Icon exhibition, Day dresses, 1935:

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 John Madjesk Garden - V & A Museum inner court:

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