Virtually explore the V&A Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
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Why does this Qing-dynasty porcelain mimic ivory?
Horst's Mainbocher Corset photograph journeyed across oceans and time to transform Vogue into a concept and a verb.
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
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
A conservator at the V&A discusses new discoveries that have uncovered new information on their materials, techniques, history and provenance
In 1866, the Victoria & Albert Museum commissioned an Italian plaster maker to journey to Spain to make a copy of a monument of Romanesque art. See how the museum takes care of it more than 150 years later.
Follow V&A's conservation team as they carefully clean and repair a magnificent 19th century jama – a style of garment worn by men in India for centuries.
Find out how the V&A investigates and analyzes the miniatures in order to understand more about what they were made of, when they were made, and how to conserve them.
Holding on to pagan traditions in the early Christian era
Some distortions are deliberate. This pulpit has its critics, but it coheres in real life—just not in photos.
Under Akbar the Great, the Mughal style of painting blended Indian, Persian, and Western artistic traditions.
Made for a sultan, this unusual automaton emblematizes the fierce hostility between British and Indian rulers.