When he became a member of the Royal Academy Schools, Turner was 14 years old and was already known to the public because of his father. William Gayone Turner, barber and wig-maker, was so proud of his son that he would sell his works of art at his shop in Covent Garden. For his first presentation at the Summer Exhibition in 1790, the painter had chosen his first oil on canvas, a turbulent seascape. Fishermen at Sea fascinated for the dramatic light of the moon and the great virtuosity which gave the admirable illusion of the boats floating, suspended by the thrashing waves. In the future, the Master who elevated landscape painting to such a level as to have it compete with historic paintings in terms of value, went on to exhibit his works at the Royal Academy of Art for his entire life, in contention with Constable for the top spot of landscape painters. Turner often took advantage of the inaugural day of his exhibitions to add final touches to his paintings, an opportunity for an enthusiastic public to watch him transform his pieces before their very eyes.
The Art of Menswear at the Victoria & Albert Museum
From the styles of Gucci, Harris Reed and Grace Wales Bonner to the paintings of Sofonisba Anguissola up to the works of Robert Longo, the exhibition looks at masculinity from the Renaissance to today.
From Perù to the British Museum - a Journey through an Ancient and Resilient Culture
The inhospitable climate and environment were not enough to halt the millennial civilisations in the Andes - rare and precious finds narrate an evolution in symbiosis with the landscape, with photos and videos from Nazca and Machu Picchu.