Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

Posted on: March 1st, 2012

Following the Leonardo da Vinci blockbuster, the next exhibition at the National Gallery is Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude. This exhibition promises to be the most in-depth examination of Turner’s experience of Claude’s art to date. Turner created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 19th century, responding to a modern industrial landscape with a freer style and new approaches to composition. Yet a lasting dialogue with the 17th-century painter Claude lay at the heart of these developments.

This exhibition offers the chance to compare closely related works by Turner and Claude and discover the extent to which Turner was inspired by Claude’s mastery of light and landscape. On his death, Turner left the National Gallery two paintings – Dido building Carthage and Sun rising through Vapour. He made the gift in his will on condition that the works were hung between two pictures by Claude, the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba and Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca.

The exhibition opens14th March and runs until 5th June 2012, booking tickets is advisable.