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The Cult of Beauty at the V&A

First major exhibition to comprehensively explore aestheticism.

The exhibition will be arranged in four main chronological sections, charting the development of the Aesthetic Movement in art and design through the decades from the 1860s to the 1890s.

As well as paintings, prints and drawings, the show will include examples of all the 'artistic' decorative arts, together with drawings, designs and photographs, as well as portraits, fashionable dress and jewellery of the era.

Literary life will be represented by some of the most beautiful books of the day, whilst a number of set-pieces will reveal the visual world of the Aesthetes, evoking the kind of rooms and ensembles of exquisite objects through which they expressed their sensibilities.

The exhibition is open until 17 July. Visitor and ticket information (including late night opening).



Image credits

This page: Frederic Leighton, Pavonia, 1858-59. Private Collection c/o Christie’s

Culture landing page carousel: Edward Burne-Jones, Laus Veneris, oil with gold paint on canvas, 1873-78. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

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