Flight and the Artistic Imagination

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.

Venue details

Compton Verney Compton Verney Warwickshire CV35 9HZ 01926 645500 www.comptonverney.org.uk

Entry details

£5.45 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.90)

31 Mar – 16 Dec
Tue – Sun, 11am – 5pm

Closed Mon except Bank Holidays

What the critics say


Man's ancient dream of flight is tinged with both wonder and peril in this mind-opening exhibition

  • Richard Cork
  • FT


In the current exhibition at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, Flight and the Artistic Imagination, many versions of reality contest with impressions and myths, with human aspirations and physical limitations.


The first-ever exhibition about art and the history of flight in the UK