barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Centre Stage

Entertainment in Art

 The dynamism, spectacle and artifice of the stage – whether theatre or circus – have fascinated artists since time immemorial – and this display acknowledges the UK’s 250th anniversary of the circus.

This selection of works on paper from the Barber’s collection explore how Degas, Sickert and others have portrayed figures linked to the stage, such as actors and performers – who are themselves creating illusion and providing a simulacrum to the world around them.

Maniago after Titian

Raccolta di opere scelte: The Annunciation

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Zucchi (1679 – 1740) after Titian

Raccolta di opere scelte: St. John the Evangelist

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Valentin Le Febvre (1642-1680/2) after Veronese

Raccolta di opere scelte: Figures personifying Geometry and Arithmetic

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Valentin Le Febvre (1642-1680/2) after Titian

Raccolta di opere scelte: The sacrifice of Isaac

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