The Victoria and Albert: “Greatest Decorative-Arts Museum in the World”

01Every time we go to London we find some amazing new treasure that we’d never 02seen before. This time it was the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has the largest 03collection of Renaissance sculpture outside of Italy and the greatest collection of Indian ArtIndian art outside India. There are fascinating Chinese and Japanese galleries, Dresssuites of furniture, a superb dress collection and an outstanding display of IMG_2777musical instruments. ArchitectureThe V&A has also opened 15 modern galleries that explain Glove the development of British design from the 16th to the 20th centuries using over Great Bed of Ware 3,000 exhibits. “The Great Bed of Ware” from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night 05resides here, as well as the wedding suite of James II. One of the most incredible Henry VIII galleries (at least to me) holds “Fakes and Forgeries,” some of which seem to 04exceed the quality of the old masters that the forgers imitated! There are a trio of IMG_2986galleries dedicated to British landscapes featuring such fabulous painters as IMG_2917Turner and Constable. And on, and on! Really, for anyone interested in any form 08of art, not only painting and sculpture, but metallurgy, Pulpitcarpentry and furniture,Tapestry weaving and tapestries, Tiles ceramic tiles,  Embroideryembroideries,07 glassware, stained glass stained glass,  Plateexquisite dishware, jewelryjewelry… 06if you enjoy beauty imagined by the human brain & fashioned by human hands, 09 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).