A woman at the window - young or old, pensive or smiling, looking out at the viewer or absorbed by her own activities, unaware of the attention being given to her. What’s she thinking? What sort of life occurs beyond that threshold? From ancient times to today, the subject of the woman at the window has fascinated numerous artists, creating empathy and voyeuristic curiosity. We can explore this at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in an exhibition which crosses the centuries to explore this enigmatic and intriguing motif, capable of conquering patrons and spectators of every era. The heart of the exhibition is The Young Woman at the Window by Rembrandt, a potent image which seems to condense the sense of all the others. However, the itinerary is full of surprises, with over 40 paintings, sculptures, photos, videos and installations created over the ages, from ancient Rome to the Middle Ages, from the masters of the Modern Era to the most influential artists of our times. Through the Grecian urns and Roman bas-reliefs of the British Museum and in the works of Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Gerrit Dou, Pablo Picasso, Marina Abramović and Cindy Sherman - dozens of characters and open windows, connected in this age-spanning drama.
Cartoon masterpieces meet the objects that inspired them in an exhibition full of surprises.