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A grand design : the art of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Author: Malcolm Baker; Brenda Richardson; Anthony Burton; Victoria and Albert Museum.; Baltimore Museum of Art.; et al
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams ; Baltimore : Baltimore Museum of Art, 1997.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
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Victoria and Albert Museum.
Grand design.
New York : Harry N. Abrams ; Baltimore : Baltimore Museum of Art, 1997
(OCoLC)605265518
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Baker; Brenda Richardson; Anthony Burton; Victoria and Albert Museum.; Baltimore Museum of Art.; et al
ISBN: 0810933993 9780810933996 0912298707 9780912298702
OCLC Number: 36301471
Notes: Catalog of a traveling exhibition shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and other museums Oct. 1997-Jan. 2000.
Description: 431 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
Contents: Museums, collections, and their histories / Malcolm Baker --
The idealist enterprise and the applied arts / Michael Conforti --
The Victoria and Albert Museum : an illustrated chronology / Richard Dunn and Anthony Burton --
Industrial arts and the exhibition ideal / Peter Trippi --
Teaching by example : education and the formation of South Kensington's museums / Rafael Cardoso Denis --
An encyclopedia of treasures : the idea of the great collection / Timothy Stevens and Peter Trippi --
The empire of things : the engagement with the Orient / Partha Mitter and Craig Clunas --
National consciousness, national heritage, and the idea of "englishness" / Charles Saumarez Smith --
Collecting the twentieth century / Christopher Wilk.
Responsibility: Malcolm Baker and Brenda Richardson, general editors ; with research and essays by Anthony Burton ... [et al.].

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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 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."--BOOK JACKET. "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."--BOOK JACKET.

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