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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.

Writing Together with Sipho Ndlovu

Sunday 25 October, 10 – 11.30am; free via Zoom.

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In The Picture: ‘My View’ Competition Winners

View the winning entries from our lockdown competition

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Changing Shapes: Metamorphosis in Art

16 October 2020 to 31 January 2021

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The Art of Devotion: Sacred Illuminations, Prints, and Drawings

23 October 2020 to 21 February 2021

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