Michelangelo & Sebastiano
National Gallery, London
15 March–25 June
This grand and grandly serious exhibition explored the creative exchange between Michelangelo and Sebastiano, with the help of exceptional loans such as the latter’s Lamentation from Viterbo and the imaginative use of a 3D-printed model of the Borgherini Chapel in San Pietro in Montorio, Rome.
Raphael: The Drawings
The Ashmolean, Oxford
1 June–3 September
One-hundred-and-twenty drawings by Raphael were brought together with loans from the Albertina, the Uffizi and elsewhere, complementing the Ashmolean’s own holdings. The exhibition aimed to shed new light on the ‘rhetorical and expressive aspects’ of Raphael’s works on paper.
Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures
17 June–17 September
Previously at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Met Cloisters, this exhibition of 16th-century boxwood carvings and prayer nuts made a virtue of their miniature forms. Seventy-nine works explored the production of a single workshop in or around Delft.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, London
12 July–22 October
This groundbreaking survey of two decades of black American art and the political activism of African-American artists introduced leading figures such as Barkley L. Hendricks and Melvyn Edwards to enthusiastic new audiences.
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Frick Collection, New York
16 November 2016–19 February
A collaboration with the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, this was a scholarly exhibition that displayed new research on, and clarified attributions to, the great 18th-century metalworker Pierre Gouthière.
Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985
Hammer Museum, LA
15 September–31 December
This reappraisal of the work of more than 100 women artists from Latin America or with Latino heritage – including Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta and Marta Minujín – set their work in the social and political contexts in which it was created.