Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne
Until 10 April 2015
This unmissable exhibition brings together masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens with major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed.
Rubens: A beginner's guide
Rubens has been called “the prince of painters” and his influence can be seen from the portraits of Van Dyck to the prints of Picasso. Tom Jeffreys discovers six surprising facts that show there’s more to Rubens than you might think.
Charles Stewart: Black and White Gothic
Until 15 February 2015
Unsettling, otherworldly and murderous scenarios are dramatically played out in Charles Stewart’s book illustrations.
The extraordinary life of Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart’s illustrations to the Gothic novel 'Uncle Silas' hint at an unusual life. From a childhood in a Scottish castle to a stint as a professional ballet dancer, here are five surprising facts.
Baroque 'n' roll: Rubens and his enduring artistic legacy
From his battle scenes to royal portraits, landscapes and altarpieces, Rubens’s extraordinary output occupies a uniquely heroic position in the history of art. Waldemar Januszczak argues that art was one thing before him – and another thing after.
Summer Exhibition 2015
Would you like to exhibit at the RA? Entry opens in January 2015 for the world's largest open-submission art show.Find out more
The story of Uncle Silas
A young girl is trapped in a mansion with her mysterious uncle and a sinister governess. With Charles Stewart’s illustrations to this Gothic novel on display in our Tennant Gallery, the curator walks us through the story.
Exploring the future of housing
This spring, the RA presents a season of debates, talks and an exhibition on the future of housing – sure to be a hot topic in election year.
Free RA Tours
Discover the art, architecture and history of the RA in these special, one-hour tours that include the historic John Madejski Fine Rooms.Find out more
‘Francis Bacon and the Art of the Past’ at the Hermitage
RA Magazine's assistant editor travelled to St Petersburg to visit the Hermitage museum’s revelatory Francis Bacon show, and happened to come across a well-known river god too.
Artist of the month: January 2015
Jean Cooke RA
An exploration of the artist's own image through self-portraiture over many years.
Remembering Ivor Abrahams RA
Past President of the RA Phillip King pays tribute to his friend and colleague Ivor Abrahams RA, who has died aged 79.
Baroque ‘n’ roll: Rubens and his enduring artistic legacy
Monochrome Tomes: A Show and Tell of Black and White Book Illustration
Behind-the-Scenes Library Visit
Spend an afternoon behind the scenes at the Royal Academy to discover the rich tradition of black and white book illustration and find out how it informed the gothic art of Charles Stewart.
100 Buildings 100 Years: Views of British Architecture since 1914
Organised in conjunction with the Twentieth Century Society, this exhibition showcases the extraordinary and often surprising variety of the last hundred years of British architecture.
Object of the month: January 2015
Barbara Rae RA, 'Winter Light, Lammermoor', 1997
Despite a lifetime of travelling, the artist always returned to the rugged terrain of Scotland.
When Morris met Warhol
The Arts and Crafts pioneer and the American Pop artist may seem an unlikely pairing, but artist Jeremy Deller draws out some intriguing links ahead of his show at Modern Art Oxford.
Connecting 20th-century Scottish artists to a golden Russian cigarette case in six steps
RA Magazine editor Sam Phillips investigates the six degrees of separation between an Edinburgh garden and the influence of Pop art on Communist Russia.
Modern Art: Friend or Foe of Religious Iconography?
Professor Lord Richard Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford, speaks to Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the RA about the way modern and contemporary art responds to the visual narratives of Christianity.
Learn from experts and artists in 2015
Whether you’re a writer, sketcher, art enthusiast or architecture buff, discover our new range of courses and classes.Read more
In the studio: a glimpse into Ai Weiwei’s world
Part two in a series of blogs telling the story of how our forthcoming Ai Weiwei exhibition – the latest in our sequence of major single artist shows – is being put together across 10 months, by teams across three continents.
A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
Joshua Reynolds PRA
10 minutes with… Richard Wilson RA
Each month, we have a quick chat with one of our Academicians to find out what they’re up to and what the RA means to them.
The Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015
18 April — 17 May 2015
A celebration of exciting new talent in the art world, the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for UK artists at the start of their career. In 2015, we play host to work by the winners in our Burlington Gardens galleries for the very first time.
One of the joys of being an RA is meeting people I’ve held in high regard for ages.
Eric Parry RA
The Academy is a great binder of all these artists and architects with totally different points of view.
Barbara Rae RA
Art and Artists
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There shall be an Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs, which shall be open to all Artists of distinguished Merit.
Our 'Instrument of Foundation,' 1768
Friends of the RA
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Enjoy a year of free entry to our exhibitions, including Dennis Hopper, Anselm Kiefer and Rubens.
Painting the mystery
Ben Luke takes a look at the latest work from Christopher Le Brun PRA, whose paintings embrace the transcendent powers of abstraction.
The Royal Academy’s showcase for emerging British design and artistic talent.
These are some of the finest galleries in Europe, and particularly suitable for sculpture.
Bryan Kneale RA
Inside the Academy
The RA Schools
A school of contemporary fine art, right at the heart of the RA.
Tacita Dean RA
"Everything comes to me by chance. It’s very important for me not to know where I’m going."
I have wanted to be an architect since before I knew what an architect was. But I enjoy submitting work to the Summer Exhibition and having it shown in the painting galleries.
Will Alsop RA
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RA Art Tours Worldwide
These expert-led small-group tours, created by travel specialists Cox & Kings, focus on the art, architecture and archaeology of some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.
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