The dawn of the Renaissance
THIS week sees the opening of a new National Gallery exhibition devoted to Italian painter Giovanni da Rimini and 14th-century art. Curated by Dr Anna Koopstra, the exhibition reunites two important pieces of da Rimini’s work: the magnificent Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints, which belongs to the National Gallery (above), and Scenes from the Life of Christ, which is on loan from Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’arte Antica.
These panels, together with other important 14th-century works, represent a pivotal moment in Italian art, when the decorative details of Byzantine art met the intense, more naturalistic style pioneered by Giotto. The exhibition runs until October 8 and admission is free (www.national gallery.org.uk).
The National Gallery has also announced its exhibition calendar for next year, which includes a display of work by Degas owned by Glasgow’s Burrell Collection (September 20 to April 2018), an exploration of architecture in Monet’s paintings (April 9 to July 29, 2018) and ‘Mantegna and Bellini’, which examines the relationship between the two artists (October 1, 2018, to January 27, 2019).