The Renaissance Nude (3 March-2 June 2019) opens this Sunday 3 March, at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and traces the development of the nude in Western art through the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Including works by Italian masters such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo alongside Dürer and Cranach, it shows how these artists experimented with emerging new ideas such as naturalism, secular subject matter and the fascination with the antique foregrounded in their experimentation with the depiction of the human form. 

Titian, Venus Rising from the Sea (‘Venus Anadyomene’), c.1520, oil on canvas, 75.8 x 57.6 cm. National Galleries of Scotland.

Pietro Perugino, Apollo and Daphnis, c. 1495, oil on panel, 39 x 29 cm. Musée du Louvre.

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