Divine Bodies

08 Jun - 29 Sep 13

Kanye West: The Passion, by David LaChapelle, courtesy of Robilant + Voena, London

Kanye West: The Passion, by David LaChapelle, courtesy of Robilant + Voena, London

Old Master paintings are alive with vivacious, seductive and curious figures.

Divine Bodies combines exceptional European pre-1800 paintings from the Hatton, Shipley and Laing Art Gallery collections with important loans, including many exciting contemporary artworks.

The exhibition ranges from historical pictures by Zurbarán, Wtewael and Procaccini to contemporary works by Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic and John Currin. They reveal intriguing links across the centuries, depicting themes such as idealisation and imperfection, allure and shame, and youth and ageing in relation to both male and female bodies.

Click here to see video tours of the exhibition with curator Pippa Stephenson. 

The exhibition is supported by the National Gallery, the Art Fund, Friends of the Laing Art Gallery and Connect through Culture.

The National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships supported by the Art Fund.