Following on from The Art Book (1994), 30,000 Years of Art provides an original and accessible way of looking at art. On its publication in 2007, The Daily Telegraph described it as 'a bold new publishing event that promises to redefine the parameters of art history'. The book presents art in a way different from other art history compendia, revealing the huge diversity, or in many cases similarity, of man's artistic achievements through time and around the globe.
In this mini format edition of 30,000 Years of Art, 500 great works of art from all periods and regions in the world have been carefully selected from the original book and are again arranged in chronological order, breaking through the usual geographical and cultural boundaries of art history to celebrate the vast range of human artistry across time and space.
This ambitious exhibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens, provides a grand-scale survey of 1,000 years of history. Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, 'Byzantium 330–1453' incorporates over 300 objects.
This exhibition is the first devoted to Monet’s drawings and pastels. It offers a ground-breaking exploration of the role of draughtsmanship throughout the artist’s long career, overturning the conventional notion that Monet painted his impressions of nature directly onto the canvas.
An unparalleled opportunity to experience some of the finest works of British art, the exhibition features more than 150 works, including prints, drawings, paintings, rare books and manuscripts. Featured in the exhibition are many objects that have not been seen by the British public since they were purchased, as well as major works by artists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Constable, Turner and Blake.
In a period when avant-garde art was experimenting with the breakdown of forms, Modigliani steadfastly retained their integrity. Always individual and idiosyncratic, he drew on a variety of sources – Renaissance to Rococo painting, the art of Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Brancusi, ancient Greek, African and Asian sculpture – to create his own highly original and modern signature style.