Flight and the Artistic Imagination
29 June – 30 September 2012
Compton Verney hosts an exhibition exploring artist responses to the human urge to fly.
Featuring more than 80 works, the show begins with flight as depicted in classical mythology and religion before moving on to images of human ascent, from depictions of Jacob's Ladder stretching from heaven to earth to Mark Wallinger's Angel.Among the imagined and real views of the earth seen from above are Leonardo's bird's-eye view of the Val di Chiana and Peter Lanyon's Soaring Flight. War and flight are explored in the works of Paul Nash, Thomas Monnington and Cyril Power, and images of Yuri Gagarin tell the story of space travel. The exhibition concludes with some contemporary artistic responses to flight.