At first, it is hard to put your finger on the theme of the Victoria and Albert. The British Museum has artifacts, the National Gallery has paintings, and the V&A has lots of... stuff. At times it seems to be 20 different museums all housed in the same building, and indeed, I visited on multiple occasions and seemed to experience it differently each time. Officially, it is a museum of "decorative arts," but a lot seems to fall under that category. Just look at some of the collections - Fashion and Jewellry, Asia, Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture, Architecture, Furniture, Paintings... it just goes on and on. There is an entire gallery dedicated to wrought iron.
With so many areas to cover, it'...Read More