The new focus on Greek and Roman art brought the human body to the forefront of artistic innovation during the Renaissance. Artists copied classical models, experimenting with naturalistic approaches and explored non-religious subject matter. At the same time, the nude was transforming Christian art, encouraging modern and dynamic representations of age-old themes.
The Royal Academy’s spectacular exhibition explores these important changes from full-scale paintings to jewel-like miniatures, bronze statuettes to anatomical studies, they contrast idealised beauty with the ageing body, and public images with more intimate, private works.
Held at the Linnean Society with coffee on arrival from 10.30am; two morning lectures (beginning at 11am) will be followed by an afternoon visit to The Royal Academy. £79, Art Fund Members £72, Friends of the Royal Academy £65
- Included: Coffee on arrival, two lectures, entrance to the Royal Academy
- Not included: Travel to/from London, lunch