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Catch some strange beauty while you can - closes 11 May

— May 2014

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Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472   1553) Cupid complaining to Venus, about 1525 Oil on wood The National Gallery, London © The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery's exhibition, 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance' closes on 11 May so there is not much time left to see this show. It greatly impressed our contributor Rosalind Ormiston, who reviewed it for Cassone's March issue. Before the mid-20th century, German Renaissance art was rarely acquired in Britain, and paintings that now fascinate were considered 'ugly'. This exhibition attempts to uncover why this was so, and looks at the history of the National Gallery's collecting of this kind of art. It's an interesting glimpse of the psychology of our ancestors, as far as aesthetic taste is concerned, as well as a great collection of paintings.

Sainsbury Wing,
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square

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