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New Year's Resolutions and Upcoming Art Exhibitions

I hope everyone had a marvelous Christmas, unfortunately, I had mumps. It did provide unlimited comedy for my family but I was unable to eat due to my 'hamster face'. All that aside we now look past Christmas and into the new year and I wanted to quickly talk about the most exciting upcoming art exhibitions that will be around in London. I am far too excited to say that Titian's 'Love, Desire and Death' was announced by the National Gallery, and is to take place from 16 March until 14 April 2020. The most exciting part about this upcoming exhibition is the display of Titian's 'poesies', with my personal favourite being The Rape of Europa, 1562. I studied this painting for a presentation this year and found it fascinating to look at. There are many things wrong with this painting, especially looking at it with woke eyes, as it presents us with a subject matter which is violent, intrusive and repulsive, yet the painting itself is undoubtedly beautiful.

Heroic rape was a classical idea and stemmed into many depictions of rape at the time with mythological subject matters. The rapist is essentially represented as a strong, idealized man who has seemingly swept his victim of their feet in an ironically romantic way. There is beauty shown through the rape scene. A prime example of this would be a sculpture by Giambologna called Rape of the Sabine Women. This romanticized sculpture is musical and curvaceous. A nude woman attempts to escape upwards towards the sky whilst being pulled back down by a strong and muscular man. It is a visual masterpiece, but its idea is quite the opposite. When studying Titian's Rape of Europa I had to separate personal opinion to visual appreciation.

Another exhibition which I am extremely excited about is Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery from the 4 April until the 26 July. I also had the pleasure of studying her this term at uni and wrote an essay, which if you are interested in I will post. Her artworks were extremely impressive and her gender is undetectable when placed alongside her male counterparts and the most fascinating piece, which is to be displayed at this exhibition is her Self-Portrait as the Allegory of painting. It is a self-portrait of Gentileschi painting yet she associates herself with a subject matter that is unavailable for male artists to paint. I go into this in detail in my essay. Artemisia Gentileschi has become an increasingly popular artist due to her gender and the period in which she was working.

yet she associates herself with a subject matter that is unavailable for male artists to paint. I go into this in detail in my essay. Artemisia Gentileschi has become an increasingly popular artist due to her gender and the period in which she was working.

Picasso and Paper is an exhibition which we do not have to wait much longer for as it starts on 25 January at the Royal Academy.

I intend to write a lot more exhibition reviews next year as I have been slacking massively. If there are any exhibitions which you would like to go see but do not know if it is worth the money then email me and hopefully I will be able to go and give my most honest opinion on what I thought.

Happy New Year.

Titian, The Rape of Europa, 1560-62.

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My name is Alexia and I am 20 years old. I am currently studying History of art at Oxford Brookes University and found that it has inspired me to really look at art with a different eye. I follow a critic called Jerry Saltz on Instagram and through reading his work and looking at the writings of Vasari and Clive Bell I have realised that I have an extreme love for writing and talking about art. I do paint in my spare time and have always loved it but I have always found it so interesting to learn new things about artists. I remember learning about the life of Toulouse-Lautrec when I wrote about Women at their 'toilette' for my A-level coursework and being completely fascinated by his absinthe addiction and what he got up to. When you find out about the life and personality of an artist it really changes your opinion on their works which is not necessarily a good thing but it is something which is completely relevant. When I learnt about The Bloomsbury group and how they intended to dissociate form, colour and lines with a subject matter I learnt this new way of observing art. I always find that keeping an open mind no matter how hard it may be is the only way to fully and truly appreciate a piece, so that is what I intend to use this blog for.

 
 
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