Building The Picture: Architecture In Italian Renaissance Painting at The National Gallery


Detail from Domenico Beccafumi, The Story of Papirius, mid 1520s, © The National Gallery, London Pinterest


The inspiring world of Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting is the theme of the National Gallery’s intriguing exhibition.

Having teamed up with the University of York to acquire background information, this thoroughly researched show invites visitors to explore the different representations of architecture in a wide range of paintings. Works by artists such as Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli offer an exceptional insight into the architecture of the time.

Some of the images reflect genuine architectural forms while others are deliberately fantastical, twisting and bending the rules of the discipline to fit their biblical and mythological themes. A grand assessment of how architecture was depicted in the 14th to 16th centuries, the beauty of the great works on display dovetails with fascinating ideas about the construction of historic Italy.

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