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”
Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts – 10 Jun to 13 Aug 2019 – The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the largest open art exhibition in the world, attracting 12,000 entrants
Felix Vallotton at the Royal Academy – 30 Jun to 29 Sep 2019 – The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the French painter and printmaker Felix Vallotton
Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy – 20 Jul to 27 Oct 2019 – The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck
Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts – 21 Sep to 19 Dec 2019 – A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work, both old and new
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Find more exhibitions taking place next month
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)