The birth, death and resurrection of Christ: from Michelangelo to Tiepolo

THE BIRTH, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST: FROM MICHELANGELO TO TIEPOLO

The birth, death and resurrection of Christ: from Michelangelo to Tiepolo

ON DISPLAY JANUARY 25, 2020 - APRIL 19, 2020
The Adoration of the Magi

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, The Adoration of the Magi, 1750-1760, etching.

The Descent from the Cross

School of Andrea Mantegna, The Descent from the Cross, 1470–1500, engraving.

During the Renaissance, biblical episodes from the life of Christ were the artistic mainstay for a majority of artists. This exhibition focuses on the three major stages of Christ’s life: his incarnation, in the form of the Nativity; his Crucifixion; and finally the Resurrection. Through fifty three drawings and prints from the British Museum, we explore the way that artists differently envisioned these key moments of Christ’s life and how they prepared their paintings and frescoes on these themes.

Beginning in the Renaissance and ending in the 18th century these skilled works chart the continuity and differences in the narrative approach, while also providing a broad overview of the functions, techniques and major artistic trends of the period.

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