Past exhibition

Medieval Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum: When the English spoke French

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The Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine presents Medieval Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum: When the English spoke French, the latest in its biannual series of temporary exhibitions.

The exhibition presents more than 70 singular masterpieces of medieval art together in Paris for the first time, highlighting the complex and interdependent relationship of England and Continental Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s renowned collection of medieval art – one of the most comprehensive in the world – the exhibition includes extraordinary survivals from the period made in England, France, Italy and beyond, and illustrates the rich artistic culture that flourished in what was a truly international age. Comprising sculpture, textiles, ceramics, ivories, manuscript illumination, metalwork, jewellery, and enamelled and stained glass, the exhibition includes many of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s most remarkable works of art including the Gloucester Candlestick, the Becket Casket, the Clare Chasuble and the Luck of Edenhall.

The exhibition is organised by The Al Thani Collection Foundation and the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Exhibition curated by James Robinson, Keeper of Decorative Art and Sculpture and Emma Edwards, Project Curator, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

All Images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

30 June 2023 - 7 January 2024
  • The Al Thani Collection - €13
  • Discover the temporary exhibition 'A Taste for the Renaissance: a dialogue between collections’ and masterpieces from The Al Thani Collection, as well as the state rooms and the loggia. - Duration: 1 hour
  • Combined tickets - €23
  • Visit the entire Hôtel de la Marine (The Intendant's apartments + The Al Thani Collection) - Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Exhibition highlights

The Becket Casket

Limoges, 1180–90
Copper-gilt, enamel, wood
29.5 x 34.4 x 12.4cm
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The Gloucester Candlestick

England, 1107–13
Copper alloy, gilding, niello, glass
58 x 20 x 20 cm
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Europe (possibly France), 1400–50
Gold, enam, spinel, diamonds
2.4 x 2.3 x 1.7cm
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Crucified Christ

England or France (Paris), c. 1275–1300
Elephant ivory
24.3 x 7.8 x 3.9 cm
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The Luck of Edenhall

Egypt or Syria, c. 1350
Gilded glass, enamel
H 15.8cm; D 11.1cm
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The Clare Chasuble

Iran (textile), England (embroidery), 1272–94
Blue silk and cotton in satin weave, Iran; Satin, silver-gilt and silver threads, silk
124 x 80 x 0.7cm
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