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A grand exhibition dedicated to one of the Dutch artistic masters of the XVII Century, Frans Hals, bringing together, in one of Britain’s most important cultural institutions, twelve masterpieces on loan from collections in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Among the most highly-anticipated works of them all, the famed and enigmatic portrait The Laughing Cavalier which offers the revelatory premise - in this biographic and iconographic itinerary, rich in confrontations - regarding the concept of virility in the Holland of the 1700s. The exhibition dedicated to Frans Hals, as curator Lelia Packer explains, along with taking on the notions of gender and masculinity, also concentrates on the individuals and their self-representation, bringing together a fantastic group of proud and determined figures, each of whom vie for our attention, with portraits that reveal the stories and intentions of their protagonists.
Poussin and Dance. An Outright Celebration at the National Gallery
The French painter as you’ve never seen him before - works on loan from around the world reveal the emotional and Dionysian side of the artist, with influences from classical art and inspirations from the Italian Renaissance.