The dawn of the Re­nais­sance

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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).

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