Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

The Embankment Gallery of Somerset House is playing host to a landmark exhibition on Peanuts exploring not just the comic strip and but the ways it has come to infiltrate popular culture. It is a mark of the unquestionable impact of, and love for, Snoopy (and his fellow Peanuts), that no other comic strip character…

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

The third concurrent exhibition at the National Gallery this autumn is Lorenzo Lotto Portraits. It brings together many of the best portraits spanning the career of this Renaissance master. A particular highlight is the warts and all portrait of Bishop Bernardo de’ Rossi (1505) on loan from Naples, and reunited with its allegorical cover from…

Klimt / Schiele

Klimt / Schiele

Vienna had long been a centre of liberal intellectual and cultural creativity. But as the fusty old fashioned hierarchical Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbled in 1918, two of the leading artists of this Viennese movement died – Gustav Kimt, the grand-master of this artistic movement, and the young Egon Schiele. Both men were constant sketchers and drawers,…

The New RA

The New RA

The remodeled RA has been open for a while now, having been considerably redesigned and opened up as part of its 250th Anniversary celebrations. It is a beautiful piece of architectural reworking, balancing the traditions of the institution and school with the classical spaces of Burlington House and Gardens with modern spaces opening it up…

Mantegna and Bellini

Mantegna and Bellini

The National Gallery’s major autumn exhibition this year is a once in a lifetime exhibition, bringing together the works of two of the great early Renaissance painters – Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna. One the son of a great painter, the other the son of a carpenter, these brothers-in-law worked closely together for seven years,…