‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ is the most complete display of Leonardo's rare surviving paintings ever held. This unprecedented exhibition – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK.
While numerous exhibitions have looked at Leonardo Da Vinci as an inventor, scientist or draughtsman, this is the first to be dedicated to his aims and techniques as a painter. Inspired by the recently restored National Gallery painting, The Virgin fo the Rocks, this exhibition focuses on Leonardo as an artist. In particular it concentrates on the work he produced as court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s.
As a painter, Leonardo aimed to convince viewers of the reality of what they were seeing while still aspiring to create ideals of beauty – particularly in his exquisite portraits – and, in his religious works, to convey a sense of awe-inspiring mystery.
The longest day may have passed but don’t worry, it’s not all downhill from here. London lights up in the summer with a series of festivals and unique events. Here’s our pick of the week’s best, from Leonardo Da Vinci and French film to pianists and the future of the London Underground.
Japan’s most famous artist returns to London for an exhibition across the three spaces of the Victoria Miro gallery in Islington and Mayfair. Her central themes – dots, pumpkins, infinity – all return in a selection of completely new work, testament to the artist’s ageless creative spirit.
Eunice Olumide’s list of accomplishments could put anyone to shame. After rising to fame as a supermodel she’s worked as an actor, journalist, musician and presenter alongside charity work. She’s just launched a new art gallery with a focus on contemporary pieces. Does she ever just feel too busy? We chat to her about equality, cake, and her first foray into the art world.
This week begins with the Summer Solstice and it only gets better from there. London’s biggest outdoor theatre festival is about to open, as is a brilliant new exhibition of acclaimed street art in Chelsea. If that doesn’t sound like enough, we’ve got the Pride weekend to look forward to, as well as the opening of the world’s tallest slide.
With the EU referendum around the corner and the refugee crisis continuing to occupy headlines, it’s more important than ever to understand the complexities of migration and put human stories to the faceless word ‘refugee’. Every year since 1998, Refugee Week has presented a programme of arts, cultural and educational events. These celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourage a better understanding between communities – a crucial task in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. There is a wide array of events to enjoy and learn from between 20th – 26th June, and here we break down the most worthwhile and exciting picks.
The Tate’s new exhibition looks at one of India’s most esteemed modern artists. Bhupen Khakhar’s work draws your eye with its bright colours and vital scenes of everyday life, but on closer inspection more complex ideas emerge. The works often deal with controversial subjects such as homosexuality, violence and iconoclasm, bound together with an eye for storytelling utterly outside the Western tradition.