Exhibition: Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

This exhibition runs from Sat, 16th May 2020 to Sun, 20th Sep 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

16th May 2020  
(10am - 5:45pm)  <– Today
17th May 2020  
(10am - 5:45pm)
18th May 2020  
(10am - 5:45pm)
19th May 2020  
(10am - 5:45pm)
20th May 2020  
(10am - 5:45pm)
21st May 2020  
(10am - 5:45pm)
22nd May 2020  
(10am - 10pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Sat, 16th May 2020

Cost: £15

This exhibition brings together 200 rarely-seen masterpieces to present the early watercolour as a unified art form for the first time.

Exploring the development of watercolour painting during the Renaissance and the
‘Age of Discovery’, the exhibition will celebrate its pivotal role in documenting, interpreting and understanding places, nature and people.

During the Renaissance, watercolour painting was a versatile and progressive European art form, yet it remains surprisingly little known. Due to their light-sensitivity watercolours are rarely displayed, and great works in this medium have traditionally been separated across specialist fields in different collections.

Renaissance Watercolours unites some of the finest examples of watercolour from the V&A – home to the national collections of watercolours and portrait miniatures – and many other world-renowned UK and international collections.

Featuring vibrant sketches by Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Anthony van Dyck, highly-finished works by Albrecht Dürer and Simon Bening, and life-like portrait miniatures by Hans Holbein and Nicholas Hilliard, Renaissance Watercolours charts how watercolour evolved from the margins of illuminated manuscripts to gaining independence as a powerful art form in its own right.

The exhibition centres on the three fundamental genres of landscape, natural history and portraiture, with an introduction on the origins and techniques of watercolour, and a final section on the wider world – highlighting how this varied medium reached as far afield as Asia and the Americas.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


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