The Royal Academy of Arts will be tracing the development of the nude through some of the greatest painters of the Renaissance: Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Durer and Cranach.
The 15th and 16th-century saw a renewed interested in ancient Greek and Roman art and artists began copying directly from classical models. As they explored this non-religious subject matter the human body returned to the forefront of artistic innovation.
Their new, naturalistic approach transformed Christian art in turn, and encouraged a more modern representation of age-old themes, from the story of Adam and Eve right through to the Crucifixion.
The exhibition will include exquisite examples of all these changes, from large paintings and jewel-like miniatures, to anatomical studies and bronze statuettes.
Craig’s review of Royal Academy of Arts – “You might find this hard to believe if you've read a few of my galley reviews, but I did actually go to art school once. And I really do mean once (I quit on the very first day). After looking around the induction hall I quickly realised that I wasn't cut out to be an art student because you need to smoke dope, have a silly hat or a tattoo or a silver stud in your nos… continued”
Bill Viola and Michelangelo – 26 Jan to 31 Mar 2019 – This exhibition compares the work of two very different artists: the peerless Michelangelo, and the video artist Bill Viola.
Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy – 23 Feb to 23 Jun 2019 – The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlow's large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery
Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory – 23 Jan to 6 May 2019 – Tate Modern will be putting on a major new exhibition of work by the master of colour and composition, Pierre Bonnard
The photographs of Don McCullin – 5 Feb to 6 May 2019 – An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin, showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland.
Franz West at the Tate Modern – 20 Feb to 2 Jun 2019 – This retrospective will showcase some large-scale works and sculptures by Franz West - one of the leading figures in European art
Elizabethan Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver – 21 Feb to 19 May 2019 – The Elizabethan Treasures exhibition brings together many of the best miniature paintings from the 16th and 17th-century
Dorothea Tanning retrospective – 27 Feb to 9 Jun 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition that looks back over the long career of surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning
Find more art exhibitions in March
If you enjoy Royal Academy of Arts then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Temple), National Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross), Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street)
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