Victoria & Albert Museum London
Victoria & Albert Museum in London. A short walk from the Natural History Museum, the V&A is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a collection of over 4.5 million objects.
The collections from South and South-East Asia comprise nearly 60,000 objects, including about 10,000 textiles and 6000 paintings. The range of the collection is immense. Chronologically, it extends from the Indus Valley period (about 2000 BC) to the present day. Geographically, it spreads from Afghanistan to Indonesia, though the majority of the material is from the Indian subcontinent. Much of it was acquired in the 19th century, often as an example of contemporary arts and crafts. This has given the collection a unique range of everyday artefacts (textiles, utensils, tools, folk paintings), as well as courtly arts such as Mughal miniatures or fine temple sculptures.
The V&A holds over 19,000 items from the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from the early Islamic period (the 7th century) to the early 20th century. The collections include holdings of metalwork, ceramics, architectural woodwork and textiles, in particular from Iran, and also from Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and the countries of North Africa.
This history of the V&A is a story like no other. From its early beginnings as a Museum of Manufactures in 1852, to the foundation stone laid by Queen Victoria in 1899, to today’s state-of-the-art galleries, the Museum has constantly evolved in its collecting and public interpretation of art and design. Its collections span over 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) in London is the world’s largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.