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The brilliant world of Barocci

— March 2013

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Federico Barocci (1533-1612) Head of the Virgin Mary Black, white and red chalk with pink and orange-peach pastel on blue paper, made up in  all four corners, laid down 29.9 x 23 cm Frame: 58.1 x 41 x 2.9 cm The Royal Collection, 5231, The Royal Collectio

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace

Though unsung today, Federico Barocci (1535–1612) was one of the most celebrated painters of the late Italian Renaissance, fusing harmonious design with an unparalleled sensitivity to colour. See altarpieces, portraits and devotional paintings along with a dazzling array of preparatory drawings and oil sketches.

Admission £12 (£13.20 including Gift Aid); concessions available. £6 seniors and concessions on Tuesdays 2.30–6pm. Advance tickets: call 0844 847 2409 or visit (booking fees apply). The National Gallery acknowledges the support of the Saint Louis Art Museum, chief organisers of this exhibition.

A video about this show is available on the National Gallery website.

27 February – 19 May 2013, Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

Supported by The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation

There will be a review of this exhibition in our April issue.

Discussion event at the National Gallery – Barocci: Decorum and Originality

Friday 12 April, 6.30–7.30p.m., Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£6/£4 concessions

Speakers: Nicholas Penny, Louise Rice and Simon Ditchfield

How did Barocci choose to represent traditional subject matter at a time when there was church pressure to restrain religious imagery? The artist’s innovative approaches will be discussed by Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, in conversation with Associate Professor of Art History at New York University, Louise Rice; and Reader in History at the University of York, Simon Ditchfield.


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