Renaissance Masterpieces Revealed

What are thought to be the only surviving bronze sculptures by Michelangelo are on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The non-matching pair of muscular male nudes were attributed to the artist last year when Paul Joannides, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Cambridge, linked them to a drawing by one of Michelangelo's apprentices now in the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France. The works are displayed alongside some of the evidence that helped verify Professor Joannides' initial discovery.
Fitzwilliam Museum
+44 (0) 12 23 33 29 00
Until August 2015.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Some 200 pairs of shoes – ranging from ancient Egyptian gold-leafed sandals (pictured below left) to Sarah Jessica Parker's Manolo Blahniks – show the cultural significance of footwear past and present. Displayed thematically under the headings, transformation, status and seduction, it reveals, curator Helen Persson says, that: 'Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress. Beautiful sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference.'
Victoria and Albert Museum
+44 (0) 20 79 42 20 00
From 13 June 2015 until
31 January 2016.

Wellington: Triumph, Politics and Passions
18 June 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which this exhibition commemorates. Remembered for his military feats, culminating in victory over Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington was showered with honours and served twice as Prime Minister. Political caricatures are displayed alongside portraits by artists, such as John Hoppner, Goya and Sir Thomas Lawrence, whose unfinished work dating from 1829
is shown left. The exhibition also looks at the role of the visual arts
in creating the hero's image. On
18 June, itself, for one hour only from 10am and 11am, the NPG
will reveal its 67ft-long depiction
of Wellington's funeral cortège.
National Portrait Gallery
+44 (0) 20 73 06 00 55
Until 7 June 2015.

Great British Drawings

More than 100 drawings by many of Britain's greatest artists, some on show to the public for the first time, are included in this exhibition. It draws on the museum's unrivalled collection, which includes a diverse range of works – from those by Flemish artists working in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries to experiments in Modernism, instigated on the Continent and enthusiastically taken up by the British after the First World War. Highlights include Dante Gabriel Rossetti's pastel and black chalk drawing of Proserpine (below).
Ashmolean Museum
+44 (0)18 65 27 80 15
Until 31 August 2015.

Images Moving Out Onto Space

The title and inspiration for Images Moving Out Onto Space is borrowed from a series of psychedelic kinetic sculptures that the Cornwall-based artist Bryan Wynter began to make during the 1960s. Wynter's series, alongside similarly vibrant works by the likes of Donald Judd, Bridget Riley and Barbara Hepworth, serve to demonstrate how abstraction can move us. The works featured span
a period of 50 years and resonate with different Modernist practices, from minimalism to kinetic art,
to Op Art.
Tate St Ives
+44 (0) 17 36 79 62 26
From 23 May until 27 September 2015.

Viking Voyagers

Take a look behind the popular myth of Vikings as brutal invaders and discover what they were really like. This exhibition, which includes significant loans from the British Museum and the National Museum of Denmark among other institutions, humanises the Vikings. Visitors will learn that they took pride in their appearance, that they wore jewellery and combed their hair, and that their mastery of maritime technology was the secret of their success. Many were entrepreneurs who used smaller boats and ships to seek new trading opportunities far from their Scandinavian homelands.
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
+ 44 (0) 13 26 31 33 88
From 20 March 2015 until
22 February 2017.

A Poetic Eye: John Craxton on Cranborne Chase and Crete

Known for his neo-romantic pastoral themes, John Craxton (1922-2009) first developed his love of archaeology and antiquities at the age of eight, when he helped Mortimer Wheeler to unearth a Roman mosaic in St Albans. This exhibition traces the artist's early and wartime years in Dorset, presenting his dark, mysterious paintings and drawings based on prehistoric sites. He later visited Greece, which gave his works a more joyful feel and nurtured his interest in Ancient Greek mythology, which is reflected in many of his works from this period. Alongside the main display there will be an array of ancient artefacts from the Pitt Rivers Museum, which Craxton was particularly fond of as a child.
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
+ 44 (0) 13 05 26 27 35
From 26 March until
19 September 2015.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

A presentation of objects from the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. These range from rare artefacts to mass-produced memorabilia, while one-of-a-kind curiosities offer an insight into the inspirations, habits and obsessions of artists such as Andy Warhol, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Edmund de Waal. Visitors will discover that while some artists are connoisseurs, others are simply hoarders. Most interesting is the display of objects alongside the artists' own work, showing how it was influenced by their collections and the process of acquiring objects.
+44 (0) 20 76 38 41 41
Until 25 May 2015.

Bonaparte and the British:
prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon

This exhibition focuses on printed propaganda that either reviled or glorified Napoleon Bonaparte at the turn of the 19th century. British satirists were inspired by political and military tensions to create a new visual language, combining caricature and traditional satire, as in the cartoon (above) by James Gillray (1756-1815) celebrating Nelson's 1798 victory over Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile. Another British victory will also be commemorated in 2015: the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, when the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon.
British Museum, Room 90
+44 (0) 20 73 23 82 99
Until 16 August 2015.

Connecting continents: Indian Ocean trade and exchange
From early coastal trade between the great ancient civilisations of the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia through to the heyday of European East India companies and up to the present day, the Indian Ocean has remained a dynamic economic maritime zone. This concise display brings together objects from across the museum's diverse collection to illustrate the long and complex history of the ocean in trade and exchange. It includes an extremely unusual 19th-century boat from Indonesia made entirely of cloves.
British Museum
+44 (0) 20 73 23 82 99
Until 31 May 2015.

Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860
This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints – one of the earliest forms of photography and a British invention. Introduced by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839, salt prints spread around the world, creating a new visual language with which to capture the modern world. Pictured below left is an atmospheric salt print of Terracotta statuettes from Camrios Rhodes, taken in 1863 by Auguste Salzmann. These prints are rarely shown because of their fragility, so for anyone interested in the history of photography this show is not to be missed.
Tate Britain
+44 (0) 20 78 87 88 88
Until 7 June 2015.

Sculpture Victorious
Queen Victoria's reign saw the development of many new techniques and use of many different materials by sculptors – by-products of rapid industrial innovation. This exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to see groundbreaking pieces made during this period, including works in marble, limewood, pottery and silver. Together the exhibits touch on all aspects of Victorian life in Britain – from domestic politics to the history of empire. Shown (right) is Sir William Reynolds-Stephens' A Royal Game (1906-1911), in which the artist visualised the political and religious struggle between Queen Elizabeth I and Philip of Spain as a game of chess.
Tate Britain
+44 (0) 20 78 87 88 88
Until 25 May 2015.

Canaletto: Celebrating Britain

This is the first time that paintings created by Canaletto during his nine-year stay in Britain have been shown together. Dating from 1746 to 1755, these works document a series of new buildings, celebrating the latest achievements in architecture and engineering of the time. The houses, bridges, churches and castles he recorded marked London out as the new Venice and conveyed a sense of self-confidence as Britons sought cultural inspiration, not only from the Mediterranean but also from their own diverse history.
Compton Verney
+44 (0) 19 26 64 55 00
From 14 March until 7 June 2015.

Chinese collection redisplay
Compton Verney's own splendid Chinese collection, which consists of more than 110 objects spanning 3000 years – from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty – has recently been redisplayed to great effect. A group of bronze ritual food and wine vessels made of bronze, produced over a period of 1500 years, form the centrepiece of the exhibition. Now presented thematically, this new permanent display traces the rich historical and cultural significance of the remarkable collection.
Compton Verney
+44 (0) 19 26 64 55 00
From 14 March 2015 until 13 December 2015.


LOS ANGELES, California
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

The spectacular hoard of silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was accidently unearthed by a French farmer in 1830. It was subsequently identified as belonging to a sanctuary of the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. This is the first time that the collection has been presented in its entirety outside Paris. It will be displayed alongside precious gems, jewellery and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. This exhibition, which follows on from four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, offers visitors new insights into ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction.
Getty Villa
+1 31 02 30 70 75
Until 17 August.

NEW YORK, New York
Hungarian Treasure: Silver from the Nicolas M Salgo Collection

Hungarian native and former United States ambassador to Budapest, Nicolas M Salgo (1915-2005) was fascinated by the craft of the silversmith. Throughout his life he collected many wonderful and often unique works in silver, now being presented at the Metropolitan Museum. The collection of more than 120 pieces, primarily comprises objects dating from the 15th to the late 18th century, and presents a great range of craftsmanship and styles. The objects would have once belonged to prosperous Hungarian aristocratic dynasties. The decorative wonder and wider historical significance of the objects make this ensemble exceptional.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 21 25 35 77 10
From 6 April until 4 October 2015.

Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
When the figures created by Mbembe master carvers from south-eastern Nigeria were first presented in a Paris gallery in 1974, they received much attention from the art world. This groundbreaking event revealed a tradition unlike any that had defined African art until then. These works have spent the last 40 years spread across the globe, in private and international collections, and this exhibition sees them reunited for the first time – in New York. These visually dramatic wood sculptures were created between the 17th and 19th centuries and were originally an integral part of monumental carved drums, which were at the epicentre of spiritual life, the heartbeat of Mbembe communities. These sculptures typically depict mothers nurturing their offspring and aggressive male warriors, but the Seated Female Figure (left) is at once both powerful and serene.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 21 25 35 77 10
Until 4 October 2015.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama

The pre-Columbian cemetery of Sitio Conte at Rio Grande Coclé in Panama was first excavated in 1940 by a Penn Museum team led by archaeologist J Alden Mason. The team unearthed remarkable finds, such as gold adornments and plaques embossed with animal and human motifs, pottery, tools and weapons, that provide comprehensive evidence of a sophisticated pre-Columbian people. This exhibition offers contemporary perspectives on the people and culture from a range of scholars and scientists.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
+1 21 58 98 40 00
Until 1 November 2015.

BOSTON, Massachusetts
Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty

The display of master drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo is centred around Leonardo's Head
of a Young Woman (Study for the Angel in the 'Virgin of the Rocks', circa 1483-85 (pictured right). Visitors will enjoy this concise but varied show of drawings, which range from scientific studies and grotesque caricatures to the faces of beautiful men and women. Highlights include a rarely displayed Codex on Flight, which is one of Leonardo's most perceptive scientific explorations and also includes a half-hidden self-portrait.
MFA Museum of Fine Arts Boston
+1 61 72 67 93 00
Until 14 June 2015.

CHICAGO, Illinois
A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Old Cairo

The first permanent urban settlement in Cairo was made in AD 641, which makes it a relatively young city when compared to Ancient Egyptian cities originating during Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman times. It expanded quickly into a sprawling capital, and this exhibition focuses on the three main religious communities – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – whose adherents helped shape Old Cairo's neighbourhoods, markets and public places. The 75 objects attributed to each of Old Cairo's communities include: richly illuminated Korans, Coptic and Hebrew manuscripts, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and architectural fragments. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio feature that allows visitors to listen to the words of people who lived in Old Cairo. Some are imagined thoughts and memories, but they also include select writings from the works of the 12th-century poet Moses ben Abraham Dari, and from the diary of the 12th-century physician Moses Maimonides.
Oriental Institute of the
University of Chicago
+1 77 37 02 95 14
Until 13 September 2015.

GREENWICH, Massachusetts
(Re)Discovering the New World: Maps and Sea Charts From the Age of Exploration

A collection of more than 30 maps and sea charts inspired by New World exploration illustrate how European ateliers from the Renaissance period tried to expand their clientele by showcasing the 'new' hemisphere. The owner of the collection, Jack A Somer, explains that mapmakers 'scrambled to gather the latest explorers' reports so that they could draw up-to-date maps and sell them to the wealthy as bound atlases'. He also urges visitors to keep in mind that these atlases were 'massive compendia that glorified leather-filled libraries and enriched cultural reputations'. All of the maps in the collection date from between 1511 and 1757 and offer a fascinating study in geographic and human progress in this period.
Bruce Museum
+1 203 869 0376
Until 7 June 2015.

NEW YORK, New York
China: Through the Looking Glass

In this show, part of the museum's celebrations to mark the 2015 centennial of the Department of Asian Art, international high fashion is set against Chinese costumes, paintings and porcelains, as well as films, to illustrate how Chinese culture has influenced fashion for centuries. The display traces the West's enchantment with China from the earliest period of European contact in the 16th century to its influence on modern designers, such as Yves Saint Laurent and Paul Poiret. Over 100 pieces of haute couture, avant-garde and ready-to-wear items show that designers have drawn on Chinese mythologies, realities and styles to create a pastiche of Oriental
aesthetic and cultural traditions.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 21 25 35 77 10
From 7 May until 16 August 2015.

Discovering Japanese art
Also part of the Department of Asian Art centenary, this exhibition offers a comprehensive introduction to Japanese art of every medium, drawing solely on the museum's own collection. More than 200 objects from ancient to modern times tell the story of how this collection was developed. It also reviews the trends that shaped art collecting and the reception of Japanese art in the United States.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 21 25 35 77 10
Until 27 September 2015.

Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane's Museum
The 15 preparatory drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi held in Sir John Soane's Museum in London, are an important example of European graphic art from the 18th century. They were produced for Piranesi's final graphic project, Différentes vues de Pesto, published posthumously in 1778, shortly after the English architect had met him in Rome. The drawings show views of the three majestic Doric temples in the former Greek colony of Paestum, located dramatically on a plateau on the coast of the Gulf of Salerno, which Piranesi visited in 1777. This is a rare opportunity to view these accomplished works in the United States. Two additional drawings
– one from the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the other from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, join the 15 – it is assumed that 21 drawings were originally produced to match the 21 plates
in Différentes vues de Pesto.
The Morgan Library and Museum
+1 21 26 85 00 08
Until 17 May 2015.

From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics
More than 50 remarkable ancient objects and 100 related documents, photographs and drawings chart
the changing perception of 'the archaeological object' as it moves from the site of its discovery into the museum and the public eye. With the focus on excavations in the 1920s and 1930s at early Mesopotamian sites, the show highlights the role of archaeologists, the press, art historians, curators and conservators in constructing identities for iconic Mesopotamian material, such as Puabi's gold and lapis headdress and beaded cape from Ur (pictured below). These artefacts resonated with contemporary Western popular and artistic culture and became integral to the history of Western civilisation. Particularly enjoyable are the works by Giacometti, de Kooning and Michael Rakowitz.
ISAW Institute for the Study of the Ancient World,
New York University
+ 1 21 29 92 78 00
Until 7 June 2015.

Il Divino: Homage to Michelangelo

Michelangelo (1475-1564) was often referred to as 'Il Divino' by his contemporaries – he achieved the rare accolade of being a legend in his own lifetime. His influence did not diminish after his death, as clearly demonstrated by European artistic practice over the following 500 years. Michelangelo's depictions of the human body and its expressive poses, remain a benchmark in art history. This exhibition presents a survey of his influence on European painters and sculptors from the Renaissance to the present, including Raphael, Giambologna, Caravaggio, Rubens, Delacroix, Rodin, Cézanne, Moore, the Czech artist Hrdlicka and the German photographer Struth. The way these artists engaged with Michelangelo's work ranges from emulation and homage to conceptual involvement and critical refutation.
+49 22 89 17 12 00
Until 25 May 2015.

TORGAU, near Dresden
Luther and the Princes: The Public Portrayal and Self-Image of Rulers in the Age of Reformation

The Renaissance town of Torgau is flanked by Wittenberg, Leipzig and Dresden, and as the electoral seat of Saxony it was the political centre of the Reformation. It was here that Martin Luther consecrated the first Protestant church, built in accordance with his ideas, as the chapel for the Renaissance castle Schloss Hartenfels, which has organised the event in conjunction with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Unique artworks, documents and precious objects bring the age of Reformation to life, in particular the way the public image of rulers in the time of Luther were cultivated – as in, for example, the 1585 portrait of Kurfürst Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1553-1586), by Lucas Cranach (shown right).
Schloss Hartenfels
+49 35 14 91 42 000
From 15 May until 31 October 2015.

Athens: The Triumph of Imagery

This exhibition is devoted to the pictorial world of ancient Athens around the 5th century BC,
offering insight into the city's rites, sacrifices, processions and feasts. After surviving the Persian invasions of 489 BC and 479 BC, Athens rapidly developed into a thriving centre of architecture, the arts and philosophy. This was largely the result of the leadership of Pericles, who misappropriated the high annual dues of the Delian League and used the funds to reconstruct the town and its sanctuaries. The sculptor and painter Phidias was commissioned to oversee the project, and the city's eventful story was recounted in the tympana, metopes, relief friezes and huge paintings of the new structures, as well as in the dedications of the statues in temples and public squares. Greek vase paintings and more traditional written descriptions are accompanied by elaborate multimedia installations, enabling visitors to experience the barbarity of ancient sacrifices and gain a sense of the characters who carried out these ceremonies.
Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung
+49 69 65 00 49 0
Until 27 September 2015.

The Sultan's World: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art

Following the Ottoman invasion of Constantinople in 1453, Ottoman culture became a multifaceted source of fascination for the West. This is reflected in the work of European painters and thinkers at the time. Significant works by Bellini, Dürer, Titian, Tintoretto and Memling, among others, provide an insight into this historical turning point, which gave rise to cultural exchange and mutual influence, in spite of wider military conflicts and religious and other prejudices.
BOZAR –Palais des Beaux-Arts
+3 22 50 78 20 0
Until 31 May 2015.

Alfons Mucha: Slav Epic

Although the Czech artist Alfons Mucha is best known for his Art Nouveau advertisements and illustrations, this exhibition focuses on a lesser-known side of his work. The Slav Epic (Slovanská epopej), a series of 20 monumental canvases (the largest measuring over six by eight metres), depicts the history of the Slav people and their culture. Mucha had the idea for the work in 1899, while designing the interior of the Pavilion of Bosnia-Herzegovina, commissioned by the Austro-Hungarian government for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. Mucha travelled through the Balkans, researching their history and customs as well as observing the lives of the Southern Slavs in regions annexed by Austria-Hungary two decades earlier.
+42 (0) 22 43 01 12 2
Until 31 December 2015.

Hygieia: Health, Illness and Treatment from Homer to Galen

In this exhibition some 300 ancient artefacts from 41 Greek and European museums give an overview of the evolution of ancient healing practices. It examines the transition from the belief in magical-religious healing to the use of rational, scientific medicine, covering the period from approximately 1200 BC to the 3rd century AD. Thematic sections, such as Health, Illness and Treatment, guide visitors through questions such as: how did the ancient Greeks address the issue of public health? What would an athlete do if he got injured 2500 years ago? Were any surgical tools used? How was pain relief managed?
Museum of Cycladic Art
+30 21 07 22 83 213
Until 31 May 2015.

From Giotto to Caravaggio: The Passions of Roberto Longhi

This show celebrates the collection of Roberto Longhi (1889-1970)
a great patron of Italian art. Giotto's St John the Evangelist,
circa 1325-1330 (above), is included, as well as paintings by Piero della Francesca, Masaccio, Masolino, Ribera and Caravaggio. The work of these great artists
is shown alongside major works from both French and Italian institutions. The exhibition
begins with a section devoted to the works of Caravaggio before moving on to compare his work with that of his imitators, illustrating the influence of his themes and approach on his contemporaries, first in Italy, then throughout Europe.
Musée Jacquemart-André
+33 1 45 62 11 59
From 27 March until 20 July 2015.

Poussin and God
The great artist Nicolas Poussin, the very embodiment of the painter-philosopher, died in 1665. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of his death, this exhibition focuses on a Christian reading of Poussin's paintings,
in particular his signature characteristic of merging antique and Christian notions of the sacred. This show draws on recent studies providing considerable proof that his work is the source of his personal meditation on God.
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
From 2 April until 29 June 2015.

Keys to a passion
With consignments from major institutions such as MoMA, The Pushkin, the Gemeentemuseum and Tate Modern, this exhibition gathers a series of masterworks that have changed the course of art history. Shown together, they trace the development of modernity. Enjoy familiar works by great artists such as Malevich,
Munch, Rothko and Matisse, whose La Danse (1909-10) from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is shown above.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
+ 33 (0) 14 06 99 600
Until 6 July 2015.

Silent Partners. Artist & Mannequins: From Function to Fetish
The mannequin has long been incorporated in the preparatory stages of artists' practice – helping them anticipate light and shadow, reveal perspective, or to act as support for drapery, for example. However, as this exhibition shows, the mannequin began to take centre stage from the 19th century. The one pictured below was made in Bergamo in 1810. It became the subject of the painting, and eventually, in creative partnership with the artist, a work of art in its own right. Beginning in the Renaissance and ending in the present day, the display leads visitors through the evolution of the use of the mannequin in art and the working methods of some of Europe's most significant artists, from Thomas Gainsborough and Edgar Degas to Man Ray and Hans Richter.
Musée Bourdelle
+33 1 49 54 73 73
Until 12 July 2015.

Galerie du Temps

Continuing for the next three years, this is a rotating exhibition that will offer a rare opportunity of viewing masterpieces from the Louvre in Paris spanning the last six millennia. From 3500 BC until the mid-19th century, all civilisations and artistic techniques are represented, illustrating the chronological and geographical scope of the Louvre's Paris collections, from which all of the works have been loaned. The display has been organised into three major periods: 70 works are from antiquity (pictured below), 45 are from the Middle Ages and 90 are modern works. Until 21 April 2014, the exhibition ends with an additional display entitled Seeing the Sacred, in which two works from each of the periods are explored in relation to the theme.
Musée du Louvre-Lens
+33 (0) 32 11 86 321
Until 2017.

Collection from the Ancient Egyptian Town of Antinopolis

This long-running exhibition presents research carried out by specialists (in the fields of archaeology, engineering and medicine) attempting to discover the identity of the museum's golden mummy, one of the most important objects in its permanent collection. Covered in gold leaf, the mummy, a rare example, is from Antinopolis. Funeral mask fragments, figurines, ceramics, glass objects and Coptic fabric, excavated there between 1896 and 1914, are also on display.
Musée des Beaux-Arts
+33 3 28 59 21 65
Until 31 July 2015.

The Revolution of Augustus: the Emperor Who Rewrote the Time and the City

Augustus, Rome's first emperor, who ruled from 27 to 14 BC, is famous for many things, one of which was that he 'rewrote the time' when he modified the Roman calendar to include certain days and festivities celebrating himself and his family, in addition to reinstating old feast days. Shown in this exhibition are works that demonstrate the emperor's self-promoting activities. For example, the 'Fasti' (calendars) with Augustus' reform carved on marble plates, or the portraits of Augustus and Livia, his third wife, or the statue depicting the emperor as Supreme Pontiff. The display is enhanced by a series of multimedia tools that integrate the reading of the exhibits and the wider context of Augustus as a revolutionary figure.
Museo Nazionale Romano
+39 06 39 96 77 00
Until 2 June 2015.

Serial Classic

The inaugural exhibition of the Prada Foundation's new contemporary art space continues the company's commitment to producing art-historical, research-heavy exhibitions. Serial Classic has been organised by Professor Salvatore Settis, a leading Italian art historian who was head of the Getty Research Institute from 1994-99. Taking the appropriation of Greek sculpture in the Roman world as its starting-point, it then looks at the debate surrounding issues such as 'originality' and reproduction. Highlights include: Roman copies of the celebrated Discobolus and the Crouching Venus, that are attributed to the Hellenistic sculptor Doidalsas
of Bithynia (200 BC-100 BC).
Fondazione Prada
+39 02 54 67 05 15
From 9 May 2015 onwards.

Late Rembrandt

First shown in the National Gallery, London in 2014, this exhibition celebrates the work produced by Rembrandt (1606-1669) in the closing years of his life. Far from diminishing as he aged, Rembrandt's creativity gathered new energy – continuing his efforts to find a new style that was even more expressive and profound. As in London, this presentation now in the artist's home-town, is made up of approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints, and includes significant loans from around the world, such as The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild, more commonly known as The Syndics (pictured above). Through the varied etchings on display, visitors can see how Rembrandt's skilful development of printing techniques informed the unique effects he achieved in some of his most iconic works.
+31 20 67 47 00 0
Until 17 May 2015.

Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine: A Story of Friendship, War and Art from the Hermitage
The relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte, his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais and Tsar Alexander I in the years preceding the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 is an intriguing one. More than 200 paintings, sculptures, personal possessions, gowns and uniforms, objets d'art and impressive items of weaponry tell a story of friendship, war and politics. Joséphine also amassed a great art collection, which included work by Dutch and Italian masters, such as Potter, Van der Werff, Luini and Canova. Napolean's death mask (right) was the first mould taken shortly after his death on the island of St Helena on 5 May 1821.
The Hermitage Amsterdam
+31 20 53 08 75 5
From 28 March until 18 October 2015

Stories in Metal: Art and Power in European Medals
This exhibition is an exploration of the emergence of the 17th-19th century European phenomenon of the so-called 'metal stories'. Rulers throughout this period could establish the landmarks they felt glorified the history of their reign by commissioning engraved medal series (above). Prominent leaders such as Louis XIV of France, Frederic the Great of Prussia and Napoleon all employed scholars, artists and expert silversmiths to create medal series that commemorated important events. Each series would depict a sequence, such as a succession of family events, diplomatic triumphs, military victories and constructions of public buildings. In rare cases illustrated volumes were also published with engravings of the pieces accompanied by the relevant explanation. The success of this formula stirred up rivalry between monarchs and, in this sense, the emergence of genuine wars on metal, such as the one that pitted William of Orange and the Archduke Charles against the Sun King.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
+34 93 62 20 36 0
Until 18 October 2015.

The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

Over 500 artefacts, many never before seen outside Greece, take visitors through 5000 years of
Greek culture, from the Neolithic era to the age of Alexander the Great. The museum claims that this is the most comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation.
Canadian Museum of History
+1 80 05 55 56 21
Until 9 October 2015.

The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great
More than 500 artefacts, many never seen outside Greece, lead visitors through 5000 years of Greek culture from the Neolithic era to the age of Alexander the Great. With gold from royal tombs and an iconic portrait of Alexander found near Pella, this is the most comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation.
Canadian Museum of History
+1 80 05 55 56 21
Until 9 October 2015.

Unfading Colours: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

This is the last chance to see this monumental mosaic, a Roman floor unrivalled in beauty and quality of preservation, before it returns to Israel, where it will be put on permanent display at the Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center. The mosaic, which covers 150 square metres, has travelled across Europe and America over the past five years, is full of mysteries still to be resolved. It dates back to the 3rd and early 4th centuries, a period when the Jewish town of Lod, being part of the Roman Empire, was inhabited by people of various religions, including Jews, Christians and pagans. Different sections of the mosaic have given rise to different interpretations of the owner's activities – one that he was a rich man who imported exotic animals for gladiatorial combat.
The State Hermitage Museum
+7 81 27 10 90 79
Until 24 May 2015.


11 May
Charles Townley's Etruscan collection

Led by Dirk Booms
(British Museum)
All lectures begin at 17.30 in
Room 264 on the second floor
of Senate House (South Block)
There is no need to register and admittance is free.
University of London, Malet Street, London
+44 (0) 20 7848 1015.

11 May, 18.00
Title tbc

Led by Dr Carly Crouch
Room K2.31, King's College, Strand, London

1 June, 18.00
Title tbc

Lead by Professor Estee Dvorjetski
(Plus: Annual General Meeting commencing 17.00)
IoA, University College, 31-34 Gordon Square, London

Various locations across London
+44 (0) 20 8349 5754

Discovering Dalmatia: Dalmatia in 18th- and 19th-century travelogues, pictures and photographs
The Grand Tour, which began as an exploration of France and Italy by young aristocrats during the 17th century, gained popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries and was extended to include travel into Dalmatia. This strip of the Adriatic coast was a particular draw because it held a plethora of ancient sites and was relatively uncharted territory – it inspired Enlightenment intellectuals to venture further afield. This conference will address the role Dalmatia played in the European Grand Tour. Its key aim is to identify, discuss the problems and integrate the issues relating to the subject. The Grand Tour was a formative factor in the development of European Neoclassicism and Romanticism in literature, the arts and architecture.

Institute of Art History, Centar Cvito Fisković
+385 21 345 036
From 21 May until 23 May.

Talking Art Series:

Early 2015 programme:
The museum's Talking Art Series, which began in 2011, has proved a great success. As usual the panels
in this year's series will examine critical questions of art history through works in the Louvre Abu Dhabi's growing permanent collection, as well as key works on loan from partner institutions.
Once again it will bring together artists, eminent specialists, curators, academics, architects, collectors, philosophers and writers – and this year it also includes a famous film director:

Art as Witness of Globalization
27 May

In order to approach the phenomenon of the 'global museum' the talk will revolve around the theme of Louvre Abu Dhabi's universal view and will examine the meaning of the creation of such a museum in Abu Dhabi.
Led by Curator Jean-Hubert Martin and Saied Binkrad, Professor of Semiology of Art in the Department of Fine Arts, Rabat University.

Prior registration for talks is required call +971 2 657 5800 or email

Louvre Abu Dhabi
+9 71 26 57 58 00

UAE, Abu Dhabi
Talking Art Series – Art As Witness of Globalisation

This is the museum's fifth lecture series. Curator Jean-Hubert Martin will talk about the phenomenon of the 'global museum' after which the discussion will revolve around the theme of 'universal view' held by the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is due
to open at the beginning of 2016.

Louvre Abu Dhabi
+971 2 657 5800
27 May 2015, 6pm-7.30pm.

ISRAEL, Jerusalem
International Conference: Ancient Cultures in the Land of the Bible

This major conference will discuss the archaeological treasures of ancient Israel and celebrate 50 years of innovation, discovery and research. Pre- and post- conference tours led by experts will also be held
at sites that are normally closed to the public.

Dan Jerusalem Hotel
+972 50 690 11 12
19-28 June 2015.

UK, London
Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society: June lecture programme

Have pots, will travel: Israelite identity in the seventh century BCE from an archaeological perspective
Led by Dr Carly Crouch
(University of Nottingham)

King's College London
11 May, 6pm.
Advertising and promotion of medicine and public health in Roman Palestine
Led by Professor Estee Dvorjetski (Oxford Brookes University, Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, and University of Haifa, the Zinman Institute
of Archaeology)

University College London
+44 (0) 20 8349 5754
1 June 2015, 6pm.

Bloomsbury Summer School:
Hieroglyphs, Archaeology, Egyptology and Ancient History
A programme of lecture-based courses, many with museum trips:

Hieroglyphs: The Next Step
Dr Bill Manley
& Dr José-R Pérez-Accino

The Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East: Gods, Prophets and Kings
Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Both courses: 13-17 July 2015.

In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Living and Dying in Old Kingdom Egypt
Dr Claire Malleson &
Dr Cordula Werschkun

Reading Hieroglyphs: The Amarna Period in Words
Dr Bill Manley &
Dr José-R Pérez-Accino.

Both courses: 20-24 July 2015.

Enlightenment on the Banks of the Nile: Middle Kingdom Egypt
Dr José-R Pérez-Accino

Pharaoh's Friends and Foes: Diplomacy, Trade, Travel
and Warfare
Dr Garry Shaw

Both courses: 27-31 July 2015.
Bloomsbury Summer School Department of History, University College London
+44 (0) 20 7679 36 22

International Trust for Croatian Monuments Concert
The International Trust for Croatian Monuments helps preserve and restore historic sites and artistic treasures of Croatia damaged by war, neglect and lack of funding. Dubravka Šeparović Musović and Ivana Lazar, acclaimed members of the Croatian National Opera, alongside Australian pianist Piers Lane, are kindly giving a concert in aid of the trust this June. The concert is also being held in memory of Sir Henry Beresford-Peirse, a trustee and a founding member of the charity.
Tickets £25 (unreserved seating)
include a glass of wine provided by Croatian Fine Wines Company.

Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square
+44 (0) 20 7730 45 00
9 June 2015, 7.30pm.

UK, Kent and ITALY, Naples*
Kent Archaeological Field School Courses

Introduction to Archaeological Survey
23-25 May 2015.

Investigation of a Roman building at Sittingbourne in Kent
27-28 June 2015.

Excavation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent
4-10 July 2015.

Excavation of a Roman Bath-house at Abbey Barns, Faversham
25 July-14 August 2015

Training week for students at the Roman villa, Faversham
3-9 August 2015.

Bones and Burials
3-4 October 2015.

Archaeological Drawing
17-18 October 2015.

Italy-based excavations
Excavation at Oplontis, Naples (Week 1)
1-5 June 2015.

Excavation at Oplontis, Naples (Week 2)
8-12 June 2015.


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