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.

Jan van Goyen (1596-1656)

A Village Scene

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Zaphyrus and Flora

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Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693)

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

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ascribed to Pietro Antonio Novelli (1729-1804)

A Music Party

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