Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sandstone screens from Agra

I had the day off work on Friday and went to the V&A to see the Power of Making and Private Eye exhibitions. The V&A ranks as one of my favourite museums in London. It is packed with so much variety and stuff that you could easily spend a day wandering through it and not see everything - something which I have done many times. The Power of Making contained some interesting bits (a wooden battle bot for Stephen Hawkings(!) and this video) and the Private Eye exhibition is well worth a visit if you are in London - the outbursts of belly laughs from other visitors make it worth it in itself.

One of the highlights was definitely the sandstone screens in the Middle East room. Although they are (relatively) modern reproductions of 16th century originals they really are something to behold. Made up of geometric patterns, they have a handcut aspect to them in that they are not perfectly straight lined but also fit together with no problems. Definitely going to be looking at try out a print like this in the very near future.

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