The Renaissance Nude
3 March — 2 June 2019
"What an astonishing show"
"Eroticism, perfection and martyred saints"
"A wild ride into the blushing brilliance of soft-core old art"
“The naked body is uncovered in this clever show”
Trace the development of the nude through some of the great masters of the Renaissance. Bringing together works by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dürer and Cranach, we shed light on a visual tradition at its most vital moment.
The 15th and 16th centuries were a pivotal time for the nude in Western art. A renewed interested in ancient Greek and Roman art brought the human body to the forefront of artistic innovation. Artists on both sides of the Alps – Perugino, Pollaiuolo and Gossaert among others – were copying from classical models, experimenting with naturalistic approaches, as well as exploring new, non-religious subject matter.
At the same time, the nude was transforming Christian art, encouraging modern and dynamic representations of age-old themes, from the story of Adam and Eve to the crucifixion.
This spectacular exhibition explores these important changes in a selection of exquisite works. From full-scale paintings to jewel-like illustrations, bronze statuettes to anatomical studies, they contrast idealised beauty with the ageing body, and public images with more intimate, private works.
Together, they offer an insight into a visual tradition that became central to European art, which still resonates with artists and audiences today.
Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and the J. Paul Getty Museum
3 March — 2 June 2019
Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
£16 (without donation £14). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.
The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of ArtsBook now
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Italianate afternoon tea
Perfect for a pre or post-exhibition pit-stop, this Italian twist on afternoon tea is a real treat. Savoury antipasti are followed by a sweet selection, featuring Amalfi lemon meringue pie, pistachio cannoli, orange & polenta cake and blood orange Bellini’s.
Afternoon tea is served between 3-5pm and costs £29.50 per person. Book for Mother’s Day and enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco.