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The Cult of Beauty - V&A

'Pavonia', Frederic Leighton, 1858-9. Private collection © Christie's

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AN EXHIBITION entitled The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860 – 1900 will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum from April 2 to July 17, 2011.

The exhibition will be arranged in four main chronological sections, charting the development of the Aesthetic Movement in art and design through the decades from the 1860s to the 1890s.

As well as paintings, prints and drawings, the show will include examples of all the ‘artistic’ decorative arts, together with drawings, designs and photographs, as well as portraits, fashionable dress and jewellery of the era.

Literary life will be represented by some of the most beautiful books of the day, whilst a number of set-pieces will reveal the visual world of the Aesthetes, evoking the kind of rooms and ensembles of exquisite objects through which they expressed their sensibilities.

For more information visit

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000