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BOTTICELLI REIMAGINED: A DAY AT THE V&A

Posted by Sabi in Inspiration, About Town with 0 comments

The Victoria & Albert may well be our favourite museum in London. The building is a wonder in itself: the towering red bricks, the grand sweeping marble staircases. But this time we weren't going just to get lost amongst the sculptures. We were there for their Botticelli Reimagined exhibit.

We weren't allowed to take photos in the exhibit, so we're going to have to go old school and verbally describe the experience, which was kind of wonderfully weird. Botticelli's most famous painting, The Birth of Venus, is not allowed to leave it's home in Italy, so if that's what you want to see, you're going to have to travel further than South Kensington.

Instead, the exhibit explores the impact this painting has had on culture since it was produced in the 15th century. From Dolce and Gabbana dresses crafted from a Venus print to glowing neon reproductions, the first half of this exhibition is a collection of some of the world's most unique (and in some instances, odd) works inspired by Botticelli.

The second half gets more historical, with actual works by the man himself, including original sketches which are now so delicate and precious, it really was a privilege to see them so close.

So if you're heading to Botticelli Reimagined, then we'd recommend spending more time in the second room. And we'd really recommend trying the scones in the V&A's Garden Cafe which are truly scrumptious.

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