The best exhibitions to see this autumn

From Mantegna and Bellini to Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Ribera: Art of Violence, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Apollo and Marsyas (Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples)

Using the extreme violence present in much of Ribera’s work as its starting point, this small but beautifully formed exhibition makes a strong case that the Spaniard was a true genius. The Baroque artist used violence as theme and subject to extraordinary ends and was obsessed with depicting sensory experiences. Often compared to Caravaggio, this survey proves that Ribera was far more than a tribute act. Until January 27, 2019

Klimt/Schiele, Royal Academy

Group of Three Girls, 1911, Egon Schiele (The Albertina Museum, Vienna)

Viennese artists Klimt and Schiele were firm friends, with the former something of a mentor to his younger counterpart. This exhibition focuses on the two men’s love of drawing, and, via more than 100 artworks, aims to demonstrate their shared concerns and ideas, as well as where they differed. Works on display include Klimt’s sketches for his Beethoven Frieze and Schiele’s stark self-portraits. From November 4

Sean Scully at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Blain Southern

Sean Scully (Photo: Liliane Tomasko)

Sean Scully recently told Spectator Life that his return to sculpture, of which a number of large-scale examples feature in his Inside Outside show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has been fuelled in part by his becoming a father in his 60s and having to do the school run every morning. The show runs until January 6 and there is a companion exhibition at Blain Southern in London W1 until November 17.

Patrick Heron, Turner Contemporary

Cadmium with Violet, Scarlet, Emerald, Lemon and Venetian, 1969 (Estate of Patrick Heron)

A retrospective exploring the career of one of Britain’s leading 20th century artists. Heron played a key role in the development of abstract painting in the post war era. Until January 6, 2019

Charles II: Art and Power, Queen’s Gallery

The Sea Triumph of Charles II, 1674, by Antonio Verrio (Royal Collection)

The recent success of the Charles I exhibition at the National Gallery, which pieced together the art collection sold off by Oliver Cromwell, is followed up in Edinburgh with a show that explores the art that was collected and created as the monarchy was restored. After the austerity of Cromwell’s rule, King Charles II became a great patron of the arts in order to reaffirm the power and glory of the monarchy. This exhibition features an array of work from the king’s court, including Old Master paintings and silver gilt furniture. From November 23

Fernand Léger, Tate Liverpool

Two Women Holding Flowers, 1954, by Fernand Leger (ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018)

An exhibition comprising more than 50 works by the French artist (1881-1955), who forged a path from idiosyncratic cubism to a more populist figurative style. His paintings, murals, film and textiles were influenced by the hustle and bustle of modern urban life, and he also took inspiration from 20th century typography, advertising and graphic design. The show includes his collaborations with architects Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. From November 23

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, Somerset House

Red Baron (Peanuts)

An exhibition celebrating the enduring appeal of Peanuts. Charles M Schulz’s original cartoons are being shown alongside work by contemporary artists and designers who have been influenced by Snoopy and his gang. From October 25

Mantegna and Bellini, National Gallery

The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene, about 1490, by Giovanni Bellini (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice)

An exhibition exploring the connection between two wondrous Italian artists, brothers-in-law, who in contrasting ways became monumental figures of the Renaissance. Writing in The Spectator, Laura Freeman sums up their differences: ‘If Mantegna seeks to stir you, Bellini asks you to be still. Mantegna is the charismatic preacher in the pulpit; Bellini, the monk in silent prayer.’ The show has been put on by the National Gallery and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with the British Museum, and includes rare loans of paintings and drawings from around the world. Until January 27, 2019


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