Monday, 4 July 2011

Devotion by Design

For some reason best known to itself, the Brit. Art Establishment has gone all religious. First the British Museum opened Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe (CLICK). On 6 July the National Gallery in London opens Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500. At least admission to this one is free. You'll find it in the Sainsbury Wing until 2 October. Above is a detail from Luca Signorelli's The Circumcision (ca 1491). Why is it legal in the UK for boys to have their genitals mutilated, but illegal for girls to have theirs mutilated? Bit sexist, isn't it? CLICK for a Telegraph slide show of altarpieces in the exhibition.


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