Barocci: Brilliance and Grace

National Gallery

27 February – 19 May 2013

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Bringing to light a forgotten figure of Italy's late Renaissance era.

Federico Barocci was one of the great colourists of the sixteenth-century, renowned for his emotive brushwork that was said to have inspired Rubens.

A complicated figure suffering from extreme paranoia (for many years he believed he had been poisoned), Barocci had a remarkable imagination and was an obsessive draughtsman, creating some of the most beautiful religious paintings of the era celebrated for their human warmth and spirituality. This exhibition re-evaluates this extraordinary, almost forgotten artist.

The exquisite study for Barocci's altarpiece The Institution of the Eucharist, acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum with Art Fund assistance, plays an important role in the show, and can be viewed in front of the finished work. In our video, curator Carol Plazzotta explains the significance of the ArtFunded work to the show and to our understanding of Barocci's methods.

Don't miss

An opportunity to see The Entombment of Christ from the Marchigian seaside town of Senigallia and Last Supper painted for Urbino Cathedral, both have never left Italy before.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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