Renaissance Watercolours: materials and techniques

Focussing on the three types of object featured in the V&A display Renaissance Watercolours: illuminated manuscripts, portrait miniatures and coloured drawings, this film showcases the qualities that made watercolour the medium of choice for many artists during the Renaissance. A modern-day painting of a pomegranate, using traditional watercolour techniques, by artist Lucy Smith, also demonstrates how watercolour painting remains a versatile medium, ideal for capturing life-like details that help us to record our diverse world. Renaissance Watercolours opens at the V&A on Thursday, 12 November 2020. Find out more:

Cite this page as: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, "Renaissance Watercolours: materials and techniques," in Smarthistory, January 27, 2021, accessed July 19, 2024,