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Exhibits of the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Exhibits of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum covers 12.5 acres (5.1 ha). Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.  The departments of Asian art include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world and the Islamic collection is amongst the largest in the Western world.

The Victoria and Albert Museum contains many Masterpieces. Below are just some of my favourites:

  • “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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“I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.”
– Queen Victoria

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