The V&A is home to the national collection of portrait miniatures – tiny paintings from the 16th century which offer a great insight into how people looked and dressed. With issues such as paint flaking and mould growth, these delicate objects must be cared for carefully. Find out how we investigate and analyse the miniatures in order to understand more about what they were made of, when they were made, and how to conserve them.
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Reframing Art History
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Our first "textbook" gives you a guided journey through the living, breathing, meaningful side of art history. With chapters developed by a group of more than 40 experts, it showcases art and history from the bottom up.