From the Royal Academy's own 'Manet: Portraying Life' to the long-awaited reopening of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, here's the RA Magazine team's pick of 10 art world events and exhibitions to get excited about in the opening months of 2013.
Royal Academy of Arts, London
26 January - 14 April 2013
The RA starts the year with what is already shaping up to be a blockbuster - an exhibition of Edouard Manet's portraiture on an unprecedented scale.
The Frick Collection, New York
12 February - 19 May 2013
A treat for North American fans of the Italian Renaissance master, this small but perfectly formed exhibition brings together seven works including his only intact altarpiece in the US.
The Courtauld Gallery, London
14 February - 26 May 2013
The Courtauld Gallery has distilled Picasso's breakthrough year into a perfect compact show, says Sarah Whitfield in our preview from the winter 2012 issue of RA Magazine. Read the full preview here
Musée du Luxembourg, Paris
21 February - 21 July 2013
Marc Chagall's life spanned most of the turbulent 20th century. This important retrospective looks at his career in the context of his years in Russia and his experiences of war, religious persecution and peace.
The Metroplitan Museum of Art, New York
26 February – 27 May 2013
The Impressionists rose to prominence during the years when Paris was establishing itself as the world's style capital. This exhibition looks at how the relationship between art and fashion captured the spirit of the age.
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble
9 March – 9 June 2013
Sculptures, paintings and graphic works all feature in this exhibition, put together by the museum that has the distinction of being the first public collection in France to acquire a work by the 20th-century sculptor.
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
23 March - 18 August 2013
If you're in Florence this spring, don't miss this exhibition on the flowering of the Florentine Renaissance in the gem of Renaissance architecture that is Palazzo Strozzi. Artists featured include Ghiberti, Brunelleschi and Donatello.
British Museum, London
28 March – 29 September 2013
Buried by the eruption of Veusuvius in AD 79, the astonishingly well-preserved remains of these two cities provide an unparalleled snapshot of daily life in ancient Rome. This major exhibition will feature more than 250 objects, including casts of human and animal victims, and objects found during recent excavations.
Houghton Hall, Norfolk
17 May - 15 September 2013
Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, amassed one of the most impressive art collections of his age, which included Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin. He lavished so much money on art and on building his stunning neo-Palladian pile Houghton, that his heirs had to sell the art to Catherine the Great, and they have adorned the Hermitage in St Petersburg ever since. Now, for the first time, they are returning to their original setting at Houghton.
From 13 April 2013
After 10 years of renovations, the Netherlands' national museum of art and history opens its doors to the public again. It is closely followed by the reopening of the Van Gogh Museum (1 May), also following renovations, as the city celebrates the 160th anniversary of the painter’s birth.