This exhibition examines the origins of the nude, and how it inspired some of the most renowned masterpieces of the western canon.

Bringing together works by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dürer and Cranach, the exhibition examines a dynamic visual tradition that permanently altered the character and values of European art.

The Renaissance Nude explores the emergence of the nude as a prominent artistic theme in Early Modern Europe within the contexts of the revival of the antique and the rise of naturalism. The exhibition traces the broad scope of this achievement in Italy, as well as in Germany, France, and the Low Countries, arguing that important contributions to the establishment of the nude as a pivotal subject of European art can be found across the continent.

The Royal Academy is offering visitors with a National Art Pass a special 50% off entry to this exhibition and to Phyllida Barlow: cul-de-sac (23 February-23 June), which is supported by Art Fund.

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Royal Academy of Arts

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