John Ruskin, Study of dawn - the first scarlet on the clouds (1868) © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Featuring the brooding, the beautiful and the serene, Skyscape at Worcester City

Art Gallery and Museum explores how some of Europe’s most famous artists have captured the sky in their paintings.

Running 29 January to 26 March 2022,Skyscape includes masterpieces by J.M.W. Turner, Constable, Rembrandt, Dürer, John Ruskin and Paul Nash, alongside over thirty major artworks from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Skyscape celebrates five hundred years of artists’ fascination with the sky. The exhibition tells the story of the important role that they sky has played in art, how depictions have changed through time, and the emotions the sky can evoke.

Museums Worcestershire Senior Curator Deborah Fox comments, “It is our great pleasure to present works of such international calibre here at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. This is an opportunity for visitors to see the work of well-known artists in a new fashion: much is made of landscape and seascape within European art, but little is said of the sky. This exhibition, created by the Ashmolean Museum, sheds new light on a fascinating subject.”

Deborah continues, “Visitors are invited to escape the winter cold and enjoy beautiful blue skies and majestic sunsets.”

This exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

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