This time the tour was of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries... the ones they just spent 30 million renovating. I have to say, it is well worth the visit!
We started with a stroll through Room 50, "The Renaissance City" . It is too cool! it is exactly what it says it is... designed to give you the sense of a renaissance city, with statues and fountain, and balconies along the walls looking into the streets. (the picture above is off the V&A website... check it out here) (http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/r/renaissance-city-room-50/
We headed from there down the stairs to the medieval area, to see what we could see.
The carvings are beautiful, and you can see pagan elements present even though europe was beginning to be christianized at the time.
I had not known that gifts of ivory were 'restricted', and that by law ivory could only be given to high roman officials (this one was probably given to commemorate a marriage).
|Pisano's 'Christ Crucified'|
|Da Vinci's notebook...|
Part of the renovation includes interactive computer stations.
The one right beside the da vinci notebook has all of the pages scanned in, so you can flip through the pages, looking at both the original text, and at the translations for each page.
|Da Johnson's notebook...|
As an aside, there had been only 10 or so of us on the tour, which is luck beyond belief: no problems seeing or hearing stuff! Oddly enough, one of the people in our group had also been in our tour group at the National Gallery the day before.... in a city of millions, that was a bit unusual. As Sophie will attest (if you ask her for more of the story), our fellow-traveller was 'memorable' (to say the least).
|the individual threads at the edge of the cloth|
|cloak woven from spider silk|
|spider design on the cloak|
|Rebecca strikes a pose....|
|Sophie strikes a pose...|