Eight exhibitions to see

Old Masters, Victorian photographers and Francis Bacon all feature in our round-up of the best current and upcoming exhibitions

Charles I: King and Collector, Royal Academy

Cupid and Psyche by Anthony van Dyck (Courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

To mark the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary, the RA decided to reunite as many of the paintings collected by Charles I, and sold off by Oliver Cromwell’s government, as possible. The result is a remarkable exhibition, featuring 150 artworks including paintings by Titian, Rubens and Holbein. For a full preview of the show, go here. Open now

Jenny Saville, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Red Stare Head IV (2006-2011), by Jenny Saville (Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian)

A retrospective of work by one of Britain’s foremost living artists – this show brings together examples of Saville’s unflinching figurative paintings from across her 25-year career. From March 24

All Too Human, Tate Britain

Lucian Freud and Bacon photographed by Harry Diamond

All Too Human, subtitled Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, explores how Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, as well as Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach and other renowned British artists, strove to represent the human form on canvas. From February 28

America’s Cool Modernism, Ashmolean Gallery

Illinois Central (1927), by George Josimovich (Courtesy of the estate of the artist)

The notion of ‘cool’ explored via American art from the early part of the 20th century, with artworks by Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Edward Hopper featuring. This exhibition has been supported by a number of major loans from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. From March 23

Murillo, National Gallery

Self portrait (about 1670), by Murillo (National Gallery, London)

The only known self-portraits of the Spanish master are brought together in what promises to be a fascinating and unique exploration of Murillo’s exquisite artistry. From May 21

Victorian Giants, National Portrait Gallery

Two ways of Life (1856-7) by Oscar Rejlander (Courtesy of Moderna Museet, Stockholm)

A major exhibition celebrating the great photographers of the Victorian era, including Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron and Clementina Hawarden. Those featured in the photographs include Charles Darwin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti  and Ellen Terry. From March 1

Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman, Tate Liverpool

Self portrait (1914), by Egon Schiele (Hadiye Cangökçe)

This exhibition, entitled Life in Motion, is a bold pairing of work by radical Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) and American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958 – 1981). The juxtaposition aims to highlight the expressive ‘nature of the human body’, with the exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death. From May 24

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery

Waterloo Bridge, Overcast Weather (Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane)

The National Gallery is staging what it describes as ‘the first purely Monet exhibition in the UK for 20 years’, focusing on the great artist’s pictures of buildings, bridges and other architecture. For a full preview gallery, go here. From April 9


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