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The Royal Academy after 250 Years


The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the most important and renowned cultural organisations in the world. In this anniversary year, its Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith – former director of both of the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery – discusses the major building project to transform its landmark Central London headquarters and equip it for the future.

Part of RA250 – a nationwide celebration of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary. Click here to read more.

Click here to read Charles Saumarez Smith’s blog. He has also written previously about the Barber. Click here to read this.


KÄTHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945)

The Young Couple


Bolten, Arent van (About 1573-1633)

Lamp in the form of a grotesque bird


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