Art in the United Kingdom

We admit it, we are anglophiles. From Lincoln Cathedral to Sir Christopher Wren to the Young British Artists.

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Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral

Spiral columns, carved zig-zags, round arches—at Durham, the rhythmic Anglo-Norman Romanesque pulses with life.

Conserving the Wolsey Angels
Conserving the Wolsey Angels

After their recent rediscovery, the Wolsey Angels go through extensive conservation and preservation after being exposed to the elements on the gateposts of a stately home in England, perhaps for centuries

Conserving Jacob van Walscapelle’s <i>Flowers in a Glass Vase</i>
Conserving Jacob van Walscapelle’s Flowers in a Glass Vase

The earliest known signed work by Jacob van Walscapelle undergoes thorough conservation work at the V&A, including reattaching paint flakes, removing discoloured varnish, and applying new varnish

Dhratarastra, Guardian King of the East
Dhratarastra, Guardian King of the East

The huge size of the canvas, the dynamic and decorative lines, and the combination of mineral colors are typical of Buddhist paintings from Korea.

Yi Che-gwan, <em>Portrait of a Confucian scholar</em>
Yi Che-gwan, Portrait of a Confucian scholar

Earlier Korean portraits were more interested in capturing a sense of the sitter's 'spirit' rather than in portraying an actual physical likeness such as this one from the 18th century

Coffin in the shape of an eagle
Coffin in the shape of an eagle

This wooden coffin in the form of eagle with painted gold feather markings was made in the village of Teshie in Ghana.

Maebyong vases, an introduction
Maebyong vases, an introduction

In medieval Korea, wine bottles were known as maebyong, which comes from the Chinese mei-ping ('vase for plum blossoms'), a misnomer dubbed by Chinese scholars of the Qing dynasty.

Kabuki actor prints
Kabuki actor prints

Kabuki theatre's leading actors influenced fashion and taste and quickly became the subject of popular woodblock prints in Japan

Casket with troubadours
Casket with troubadours

A casket made for secular use is decorated with lively scenes of combat, music, dance and love.

Riza-yi ‘Abbasi, portrait of a young page reading
Riza-yi ‘Abbasi, portrait of a young page reading

The anonymous figure depicted in this painting embodies the fashion of Isfahan, Iran’s capital city under the rule of Shah 'Abbas I

Mir Afzal of Tun, a reclining woman and her lapdog
Mir Afzal of Tun, a reclining woman and her lapdog

The single page format of this painting shows the trend among seventeenth-century art patrons to collect particularly fine examples of drawing, painting or calligraphy on single pages

Riza-yi ʿAbbasi, Seated calligrapher
Riza-yi ʿAbbasi, Seated calligrapher

Riza-yi ʿAbbasi is famous for his drawings of individual or paired figures on single pages