Discover Europe's Treasures At The V&A, Reviewed
Neptune staring down at us, trident in hand, is an intimidating sight. This masterpiece by Bernini welcomes us into the newly refurbished Europe 1600-1815 galleries at the V&A.
What follows on from that initial encounter is seven rooms filled with fantastic art, furniture, clocks, porcelain, tapestries and so much more. There are at least a few items in each room that are spectacular.
Highlights include a sculpture of Henry IV on horseback trampling an enemy soldier underfoot and a brilliant recreation of a panelled bedchamber. There are also some truly bizarre artefacts, including the marble head of an ox emerging from a tree stump.
The Baroque period spanned the 16th and 17th centuries so there are plenty of opulent items, such as a massive tabletop water fountain and an almost impractically gilded mirror. It's completely over the top and we loved it.
Europe 1600-1815 is on at V&A, Rooms 1-7 — on your immediate left and downstairs from the V&A's main entrance. It's part of the permanent collection and free to visit.
Last Updated 21 December 2015