Skyscape celebrates five hundred years of artists' fascination with the sky. Including works by Dürer and Rembrandt, the exhibition begins with depictions of the heavens as the realm of the divine in the 16th and 17th century. As the sky became a subject in its own right during the 18th century, Romantic artists such as Cozens, Palmer and Constable increasingly employed the firmament as a vehicle for emotional expression. This persisted in the work of the 20th century British artists such as Nash, Piper and Clausen who all utilise the emotive character of skies.
Rembrandt, The Three Trees, etching with drypoint and engraving on laid paper c. 1643
Cozens, Sepulchral Remians in the Campagna, watercolour and bodycolour over some indications in graphite, 1783
Nash, The Sun Descending - Study 3, watercolour and chalk on paper, 1945
Size: up to 50m/150sqm
Availability: from 2020 onwards
Contents: over 20 works from the Ashmolean including engravings, etchings, watercolours and sketches, all mounted and framed for wall hanging. A small selection of objects and a sketchbook mean that two display cases are also required.