Every time we go to London we find some amazing new treasure that we’d never seen before. This time it was the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has the largest collection of Renaissance sculpture outside of Italy and the greatest collection of Indian art outside India. There are fascinating Chinese and Japanese galleries, suites of furniture, a superb dress collection and an outstanding display of musical instruments. The V&A has also opened 15 modern galleries that explain the development of British design from the 16th to the 20th centuries using over 3,000 exhibits. “The Great Bed of Ware” from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night resides here, as well as the wedding suite of James II. One of the most incredible galleries (at least to me) holds “Fakes and Forgeries,” some of which seem to exceed the quality of the old masters that the forgers imitated! There are a trio of galleries dedicated to British landscapes featuring such fabulous painters as Turner and Constable. And on, and on! Really, for anyone interested in any form of art, not only painting and sculpture, but metallurgy, carpentry and furniture, weaving and tapestries, ceramic tiles, embroideries, glassware, stained glass, exquisite dishware, jewelry… if you enjoy beauty imagined by the human brain & fashioned by human hands, please take the time to visit the “V&A” if you get to London!
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17).