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Discover how drawing from ancient sculpture had an enduring influence on European artists over five centuries.

This exhibition provides a unique insight into the practice of drawing from ancient sculpture and its influence on the visual arts from the Renaissance through to the nineteenth century. For half a millennium, students of art would use classical statues - and their representations of beauty - to understand the form of the human body. Although the practice eventually fell into decline, it remains crucial to our understanding and appreciation of European art.

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.

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.


Event Info

25 Jun 2015 to 26 Sep 2015