The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's leading museum of art and design.
The phrase ‘beauty is pain’ takes on a whole new meaning when looking deeper into a museum's collection....
Queen Elizabeth covered the pockmarks left by a bout of smallpox with heavy white makeup made of white lead and vinegar – it's not a concoction we would recommend using now!
Elizabeth’s contemporaries believed that beauty amplified female power, and so they regarded the queen’s splendour as confirmation of her claim to the throne. Makeup was a matter of life and death, politically.
Rouged cheeks and red lips were popular in the 16th century and beyond, with one noted ingredient in the makeup being mercury.
This Orchard was William Morris' first attempt to design tapestry. Made in 1890, it depicts four figures in medieval-style dress, holding a scrolling banner with a poem composed by Morris. The poem celebrates the bounty of the orchard, and the rhythm of the seasons. #tapestry
So scandalous! Did you catch the @BBCFOUR documentary on the infamous Aubrey Beardsley with #MarkGatiss ? Delve further into the ‘enfant terrible’ of art and explore the decadence that defined his life.
Our richly decorated Leighton Rooms give a fascinating glimpse into the architectural changes that the museum has undergone throughout the years. Take a closer look at the detail of these stunning works… #MuseumFromHome
In Videogames #DesignPlayDisrupt we go behind the scenes of Nintendo’s creative process for the fantastically fun #Splatoon . Watch what Producer Hisashi Nogami and Head of Software Development Shinya Takahashi thought when they visited the exhibition.
Generally considered the most influential children's book illustrator of his generation, Walter Crane also created many memorable designs for wallpaper. This is one of his earliest designs created in 1875 of two elegant, silhouetted swans 🦢 #swans #nature
Our hearts are with Paris as we reflect on the devastating #NotreDameCathedralFire . This poignant photo by Charles Marville, created in c1855, marked the end of a restoration project that saw the addition of the iconic spire to the cathedral, now sadly lost.
One of the very first photos of London and the oldest one in our collection! The process used is called "daguerreotype". It's the first photographic process through which an image is formed on a silvered copper plate. By M. De Ste.Croix, London, 1839