Breeze Barrington is a PhD candidate working on visual arts and classical retellings at the early Stuart court.

Battle of the Nudes (1470s), Antonio Pollaiuolo. The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Voluptuous Venuses and sexy Sebastians – the Renaissance nude at the RA

The rediscovery of classical art in Europe transformed depictions of the naked body

7 Mar 2019
Double portrait of George Villiers, Marquess and later 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592–1628) and his wife, Katherine Manners (1603–1649), as Venus and Adonis (detail; 1620–21), Anthony van Dyck. Estimate £2.5m–£3.5m

A rare chance to see Van Dyck’s racy portrait of a radical courtier

The marital portrait of George Villiers and Katherine Manners has no parallel in English or Flemish painting

3 Dec 2018