Treasures of the Victoria and Albert Museum with Hattie Bennett

Treasures of the Victoria and Albert Museum with Hattie Bennett


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The Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest collection of applied and decorative arts in the world, with over two million objects. In this talk, we will discuss the founding of the museum and examine some of the highlights. From a Leonardo codex to Beyonce's butterfly ring, from a court dress to a medieval tapestry there is a myriad of objects to discuss and admire.

Established in the mid 19th century after the success of the 1851 Great Exhibition the museum is situated in South Kensington in a purpose-built museum. The objects held at the Victoria and Albert include those by famous names such as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. However a large proportion is anonymous, made by unknown craftsmen and women. The V&A, therefore, includes beautiful works of art that would not be on show in a regular art gallery and give us the opportunity to understand historical interiors and clothes which reflect the society in which they were produced.

Led by art historian Hattie Bennett, this interactive discussion will examine objects from the V&A, such as the large Raphael cartoons, described as the most important Renaissance artwork outside Italy, to the small and extraordinary golden whistle, reputed to have belonged to Anne Boleyn. We will look at textiles including tapestries with a royal connection and fashion from the superb collection of historical clothes. The V & A is a treasure trove and we look forward to showing you some of the highlights.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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S.M. (Fremont, US)
Delicious laste of the V&A

Ms Bennett selected several objects that presented an insightful overview of one of my favorite museums, in London and anywhere. Throughly enjoyed her lecture and learned a lot

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N. (Victoria, CA)
Superb

This was a real treat. Ms. Bennett showed us many jewels of the V&A, each more interesting than the last.

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L. (Baltimore, US)
I’m definitely going to visit the V&A!

I loved the personal details of historical figures connected with the artworks themselves. Engaging variety of styles and time periods.

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Nancy Holcomb (Seattle, US)
What a wonderful seminar

I'm sorry I could not be there for the live presentation, so I'm grateful that it was available to watch today. I'm a huge fan of the V&A. In fact, for my last visit to London, I chose a hotel across the street so that I could visit the museum several times. I really enjoyed this tour. The majority of the things she selected were things I had not seen. It made me want to spend time in London and the V&A again, when we get past this awful pandemic.

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Ellen

Good material, interesting presentation style

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
71%
(5)
14%
(1)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
S.M. (Fremont, US)
Delicious laste of the V&A

Ms Bennett selected several objects that presented an insightful overview of one of my favorite museums, in London and anywhere. Throughly enjoyed her lecture and learned a lot

N
N. (Victoria, CA)
Superb

This was a real treat. Ms. Bennett showed us many jewels of the V&A, each more interesting than the last.

L
L. (Baltimore, US)
I’m definitely going to visit the V&A!

I loved the personal details of historical figures connected with the artworks themselves. Engaging variety of styles and time periods.

N
Nancy Holcomb (Seattle, US)
What a wonderful seminar

I'm sorry I could not be there for the live presentation, so I'm grateful that it was available to watch today. I'm a huge fan of the V&A. In fact, for my last visit to London, I chose a hotel across the street so that I could visit the museum several times. I really enjoyed this tour. The majority of the things she selected were things I had not seen. It made me want to spend time in London and the V&A again, when we get past this awful pandemic.

E
Ellen

Good material, interesting presentation style