Michelangelo Buonarroti, Three Labours of Hercules, about 1530, Red chalk.
Renaissance artists transformed the course of western art history by making the nude central to their art.
Drawing inspiration from classical sculpture and the study of the live model, Renaissance artists made the nude central to their art, creating lifelike, vibrant, and varied representations of the human body. This transformative moment is one that would shape the course of European art history and resonate through the present day.
Featuring more than 100 works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, this exhibition traces the nude’s gradual emergence over 130 years in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
(Photo courtesy Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2018.)