Tuesday, 11 August 2009
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is a major museum which focuses on art and design. The museum, through its collections, gives insights into many different periods in history. The more religious time periods feature religious imagery in the decorative arts and more contemporary pieces reflect modern movements such as art deco and arts and crafts. The National Art Library is a major public reference library. It houses materials relating to decorative arts spanning many time periods and countries. It also includes information on the art, design, and craft of the book. The library includes information about specific artists and also periodicals covering current trends in design. The library also has a selection of artists' books that is searchable on their website. The library also houses a selection of original manuscripts of some works of Charles Dickens. His novels are not related to decorative arts, but the materials were a gift to the library.
I found the museum very beautiful. I especially liked the Chihuly sculpture at the entrance.