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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.

Unknown English artist (16th century)

Saint James the Great

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Sounds of Nocturnes

Hear an original composition created for Barber Lates

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Follow Barber Concerts online

Follow us the latest concerts updates and news from the Barber Concerts online!

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Sounding Images

A selection of the Barber’s most iconic paintings – as you’ve never heard them before

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