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Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum

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London's Victoria and Albert Museum houses one of the world's greatest art collections. Founded in 1852 as a pioneering museum of applied and decorative arts, today it has incomparable holdings spanning 2,000 years of artistic achievement in virtually every form: ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, furniture and woodwork, sculpture, textiles, paintings, drawings, and prints. A Grand Design, published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, brings together more than 250 of the V&A's finest treasures and ...
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1997 Hardcover First Edition New in Fine dust jacket 9780810933996. This specific hardback book is in new condition with a hard board cover that has sharp edges and corners and ... has a tight binding. The pages are clean, crisp, unmarked and uncreased. The dust jacket is in fine condition with barely detectable wear if any. Due to the size and weight of this of book, additional postage may be required for priority or international shipments. We package all books in custom cardboard book boxes for shipment and ship daily with tracking numbers.; "This guide to the V&A Museum in London brings together over 250 of the Museum's greatest treasures and tells the story of how the collections have been built up over the 20th century. At the end of the 1990s, the V&A held more than 4 million objects spanning centuries of art in most media."; 12 X 9.40 X 1.60 inches; 431 pages. Read more Show Less

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Overview

London's Victoria and Albert Museum houses one of the world's greatest art collections. Founded in 1852 as a pioneering museum of applied and decorative arts, today it has incomparable holdings spanning 2,000 years of artistic achievement in virtually every form: ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, furniture and woodwork, sculpture, textiles, paintings, drawings, and prints. A Grand Design, published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, brings together more than 250 of the V&A's finest treasures and recounts the institution's rich and vibrant history. Collectively, these splendid objects illustrate how the museum sought to establish a canon of excellence for the decorative arts by acquiring examples of superior craftsmanship, aesthetic beauty, and artistic merit from many of the world's cultures. Essays by a team of scholars examine the V&A's origins, evolution, and influence. Several major themes are explored, including the V&A's pivotal place in the historical context of the art museum and its changing approaches to the collection and display of objects; the educational mission; the impact of factors such as British imperial history and national patrimony on the museum's collecting practices; and the museum's interest in the art of the twentieth century, including its involvement with contemporary artists and craftspeople. An illustrated chronology using rare archival material from the museum's collection traces the development of this remarkable institution.
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Published in conjunction with the major traveling exhibition shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art and other museums (October 1997-1999), the catalogue presents in splendid color and b&w over 250 of the V&A's finest treasures. Essays by a team of scholars examine the museum's origins, evolution, and influence -- its pivotal place in the historical context of the art museum, its educational mission, the impact of factors such as British imperial history and national patrimony, and the museum's interest in 20th-century art. Contains an illustrated chronology using rare archival material from the museum's collection. Oversize: 9.5x11.5<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810933996
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.49 (w) x 12.24 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Foreword 15
Museums, Collections, and their Histories 17
The Idealist Enterprise and the Applied Arts 23
The Victoria and Albert Museum: An Illustrated Chronology 49
Industrial Arts and the Exhibition Ideal 79
Catalogue Entries 1-13 89
Teaching By Example: Education and the Formation of South Kensington's Museums 107
Catalogue Entries 14-39 117
An Encyclopedia of Treasures: The Idea of the Great Collection 149
Catalogue Entries 40-86 161
The Empire of Things: The Engagement with the Orient 221
Catalogue Entries 87-117 238
National Consciousness, National Heritage, and the Idea of "Englishness" 275
Catalogue Entries 118-163 284
Collecting The Twentieth Century 345
Catalogue Entries 164-200 354
Notes 396
Bibliography 401
Acknowledgments 412
Index 418
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