Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Admission: Free 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 21/09/2014
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Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 1 January and 24-26 December.
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Architecture forms the basis of many Italian Renaissance paintings and now, as the result of a research partnership between the National Gallery and the University of York, visitors are invited to explore its differing representations in the exhibition ‘Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting’.

Depictions of buildings in Italian Renaissance works by artists such as Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli offer a fascinating insight into the architecture of the time. While some reflect real architectural forms, others are deliberately fantastical; defying structural possibility but offering a convincing setting for biblical and mythological tales.

In the first exhibition of its kind in Britain, ‘Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting’ will consider the ways in which architecture was represented and used in pictures from the 14th, 15th and 16th century - how it was employed to frame figures and construct illusions of space, and how it shaped how contemporaries understood these paintings.

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