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The Naked & The Nude

Works on Paper from the Barber’s Collection

The naked body has inspired some of the greatest works of art, and the study of it was long regarded as vital to demonstrate artistic mastery in representing both the ideal and the everyday.

Intended to add context to Zoffany’s fascinating painting, A Life Class, currently on loan to the Barber, this display features strikingly different images of the unclothed human figure, with works made between 1500 and 1914 by Durer, Van Dyck and Matisse, among others.

Half term at the Barber!

Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 Feb 2020

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Philip Galle (1537-1612)

The story of the Prodigal Son - The prodigal son leaving his father’s house

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Philip Galle (1537-1612)

The Story of the Prodigal Son - The Prodigal Son Squandering His Inheritance on Harlots

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Orazio Farinati (1559 – after 1616)

The Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist

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