Baroque 1620 – 1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence

Carousel in the courtyard of Palazzo Barberini in honour of Queen Christina of Sweden

The V&A’s new blockbuster spring show opens with a painting that celebrates the Swedish Queen Christina’s conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism. It shows a riotous procession of ornate floats, dancers and horsemen with unfeasibly large headdresses thronging the square in her honour. Welcome to the party.

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