Building The Picture: Architecture In Italian Renaissance Painting

National Gallery

30 April – 21 September 2014

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Exploring the differing representations of architecture in Italian Renaissance paintings.

Italian painters of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries used architecture as a device by which to frame figures, rooting the characters of biblical and mythological stories in a physically familiar world.

Drawing on works by Duccio, Sandro Botticelli and Carlo Crivelli, the exhibition explores the architectural conventions of the Renaissance, and reveals how these translated into paint.

While some of the buildings depicted reflect real structural forms, in other cases they are purely fantastical, straining beyond physical possibility.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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