Including works by Dürer and Rembrandt, the exhibition begins with 16th and 17th century depictions of the heavens as the realm of the divine. As the sky became a subject in its own right during the 18th century, the exhibition explores Romantic artists such as Cozens, Palmer and Constable who 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 utilise the emotive character of the skies.
Giacomo Lauro after Maerten de Vos, c. 1597
Vision of St John the Divine
plate, Urbino (or school of Urbino), c. 1560-90
detail, Albrecht Dürer, c. 1501
detail of enamel, Probably workshop of Jean I Pericaud, 1530-40