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Know Before You Go: Angelica Kauffman RA

10 April @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Royal Academy’s major exhibition on Angelica Kauffman RA, one of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century. We trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Europe’s most sought-after painters. Known for her celebrity portraits and pioneering history paintings, Angelica Kauffman helped to shape the direction of European art. She painted some of the most influential figures of her day and she reinvented the genre of history painting by focusing largely on female protagonists from classical history and mythology. The exhibit covers Kauffman’s life and work: her rise to fame in London, her role as a founding member of the Royal Academy and her later career in Rome where her studio became a hub for the city’s cultural life. See paintings and preparatory drawings by Kauffman, including some of her finest self-portraits, her celebrated ceiling paintings for the Royal Academy’s first home in Somerset House, as well as history paintings of subjects including Circe and Cleopatra, and discover the remarkable life of the artist whom one of her contemporaries described as “the most cultivated woman in Europe”. 

We welcome back Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe as our lecturer.  Doors open at 9:30am for a 10:00am start, with a break at 11:00am for coffee and tea. We aim to finish at 12:15pm.

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