Current Exhibition

Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal

25 June - 26 September 2015. Admission free


Discover the enduring influence that drawing from ancient sculpture had on European artists over five centuries, in the Soane's largest international loan show to date.



A Painter’s Studio, Michael Sweerts, c. 1646 - c. 1650. With permission from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Drawn from the Antique provides the first overview of the practice of drawing from ancient sculpture and the influence this has had on visual arts, from the Renaissance through to the nineteenth century. It is a practice crucial to the understanding and appreciation of European art, stemming from the classical ideal of the body and used in artistic teaching for half a millennium.

It is also a concept that lies at the heart of Sir John Soane’s collection, with his Grand Tour of Europe having an enduring influence on his long career.

Following a hugely successful run at the Teylers Museum in the Netherlands, this major exhibition is the Soane Museum’s largest international loan show to date, bringing together works from ten leading museums in Europe and North America, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Kunsthaus, Zürich, the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Courtauld Gallery.



Above: Self-Portrait with Casts: The Image Seller, William Daniels, c.1850. With permission from the Katrin Bellinger collection


Featuring both iconic and rarely seen artworks, this exhibition will offer visitors the chance to admire pieces by artists including Rubens, Fuseli, Turner and Zuccaro. Fifteen of the works are from the Katrin Bellinger collection.

Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal runs from 25 June - 26 September 2015. Admission is free. Curator-led tours will take place on 3 July, 7 August and 4 September and are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

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