Saturday, 29 December 2012

Barocci Brilliance

February in London sees an explosion of old master paintings. From 27 February to 19 May 2013 The National Gallery will be showing Barocci: Brilliance and Grace (CLICK). This is a major exhibition jointly curated with the Saint Louis Art Museum, where it is on show until 20 January (CLICK). Around 130 works never before seen outside Italy will be on display, including 14 of Barocci's most important altarpieces and devotional paintings - The Last Supper from Urbino Cathedral -, four of his finest portraits plus preparatory drawings and oil sketches. Above is Barocci's Rest on the Return from Egypt (1570–73). Note the combination of rich colours and dynamism, which characterises his art and forms a progression from High Renaissance to Baroque. As you expect with these once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions, admission costs an arm and a leg: adults £12, silver surfers £11. However, silver surfers can gain entry for only £6 on Tuesdays after 2.30pm. Below is an excellent YouTube video which introduces the exhibition.


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