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Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is one of the world’s largest museums of decorative arts and design. Founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the V&A is located near the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall in London,

Highlights of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Name:                The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • City:                    London
  • Country:             United Kingdom
  • Established:        1852
  • Type:                   Decorative arts and design
  • Collection Size:   2,278,183 items in 145 galleries
  • Locations:           Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom

A Tour of The Victoria and Albert Museum

  • “The Three Graces” by Antonio Canova
    • “The Three Graces” by Antonio Canova’s is a Neoclassical statue of the three mythological charities who were daughters of Zeus (the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who ruled as king of the gods of Mount Olympus). This version was initially made for the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, and was initially housed in a specially designed Temple of the Graces. The three sisters are identified as Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia, from left to right. They represent youth/beauty (Thalia), mirth (Euphrosyne), elegance (Aglaea). The Graces presided over banquets and gatherings, to delight the guests of the gods. The Three Graces have inspired many artists and have served as subjects for many artists.
  • The Great Bed of Ware
    • The Great Bed of Ware is an extremely large oak four-poster bed, carved with marquetry, that was originally housed in the White Hart Inn in Ware, England. Built in 1580, it was probably made to attract customers for an inn in Ware, Hertfordshire, it is twice the size of a modern double bed. Ware was a day’s journey from London and a convenient place to stop for the night for travellers. The bed was publicised as having the capacity to sleep, 12 people. Many of those who have used the bed have carved their names into its posts or applied red wax seals. Twenty instances of graffiti are still visible on the bedposts and headboard today. The Great Bed has been referenced many times in literature from William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (circa 1601) to Charles Dickens’ The Holly Tree.

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