“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together”
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest museum of art and design in the world.
Established in 1852, the 12.5-acre museum is divided into four main collections: 1. Asia; 2. Furniture, Textiles and Fashion; 3. Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass; and 4. Word & Image. They have everything from 11th century altar pieces to Dior dresses and everything in between. The museum is named for Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, though they didn’t own the artifacts. Queen Victoria laid the cornerstone for the current building, so the museum trustees named it after the couple. Victoria wanted it to be the Albert Museum.
Some of my favorite rooms were the Cast Courts (separate post coming soon), the Ceramics department, the Wrought Iron Gallery, and this old spiral staircase from a house in Brittany. The sheer number of pieces they have in each section was just overwhelming. Here are just a sample of the items I saw on my visit there one blustery afternoon.