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02/02/07
Portraits of the Coming World
- Royal Academy hosts Enlightenment exhibition

Portraits of the Coming World GOYA, Delacroix and David are just a few of the famous artists whose portrait work goes on show at the new Royal Academy Show, Citizens and Kings: Portraits in the Age of Revolution, 1760-1830, which opens Saturday 3rd February.

Two and a half centuries ago, the western world was in the throes of what became known as the Enlightenment, an era in which old centres of power and ways of thinking were increasingly challenged.

The changes seen throughout society were made manifest in the world of art, including portraiture, where the subjects used began to include people from outside royal and aristocratic circles and where the styles employed went through a period of innovation.

The Royal Academy's exhibition guides visitors through these changes by a well thought out arrangement that includes sculptures from the period.

The work pictured in detail is The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David (c.1794). David was an example of artist as revolutionary. He was a Paris Deputy at the time of the Terror and is reckoned to have signed hundreds of death warrants. David had visited revolutionary colleague Marat the day before his assassination.

Citizens and Kings: Portraits in the Age of Revolution, 1760-1830 continues until 20 April. Opening hours are 10am-6.30pm. Tickets cost UKP10 for adults; UKP7-8 concs; UKP2-3 children.

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