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Emma Crichton-Miller

The Renaissance Nude

Royal Academy of Arts, 3rd March to 2nd June

It was not licentiousness, the 15th-century humanist scholar Manuel Chrysoloras suggested, but a fascination with the mind of the artist that explained the allure of the nude. According to Jill Burke, one of the curators of this sumptuous RA show, this is why Renaissance art theory placed depiction of the naked human figure at its apex. From the early 1400s, the nude became a central subject in both secular and religious art, with the Bible, as well as classical mythology, providing narrative context. This transformation culminated in Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment, 1541, in the Sistine Chapel.

Van Gogh and Britain

Tate Britain, 27th March to 11th August

Van Gogh arrived in London in 1873 as a trainee art dealer. He left in 1876 determined to become a painter, inspired both by British artists—John Constable, John Everett Millais—and British literature, above all Dickens. This exhibition explores the artist’s debt to British culture but also the galvanising impact the showing of his art (in 1910, 1923 and 1947) had, in turn, on British artists from Christopher Wood to Francis Bacon.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Mark Damazer, the former controller of BBC Radio 4, tells the inside story of how the BBC has tried—and sometimes failed—to cover the political crisis that overshadows everything else. Elsewhere in the issue: Playwright and screenwriter James Graham profiles John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, as he takes centre-stage in the unfolding Brexit drama and Tom Clark examines the Independent Group and argues that they could well shake up the established political tribes. Also, Jennifer Williams highlights the growing gap between the haves and have-nots in Manchester—a city that is simultaneously experiencing a housing boom and a homelessness crisis.