The V&A’s recently reopened Medieval and Renaissance Galleries house a remarkable collection spread over three floors. To assemble the vast selection of artefacts must have been a mountain of work, but the result is striking.
The exhibition includes pieces from 300 to 1600AD, with 16th century Europe producing many of the most eye-catching elements. Stained-glass windows line the V&A’s east wing, depicting the life of Jesus Christ in brilliant colour, while towering stone tableaus fill every spare space.
One piece in particular commands attention: the Monument to the Marchese Spinetta Malaspina. It’s the sculpture for the tomb of a distinguished 15th-century Italian soldier, featuring the Virgin Mary, the saints, and the soldier resplendent on horseback.
» V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL South Kensington tube. Free