Exhibition - Perfectly Imperfect

Saturday, Jan 2, 2021 at 10:00am

The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


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Perfectly Imperfect: Cranach, Dürer and the Renaissance Nude

Sensuous Greek goddesses cast inviting glances at the viewer; a winged nude with powerful proportions floats above a panoramic landscape; four women, naked except for elaborate headdresses, stand huddled in a conspiratorial group.

Remarkably lifelike and engaging, these nudes represent the beauty ideals of two prominent artists of the Northern Renaissance: Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. While Dürer relied on a system of precise mathematical measurements when depicting the human body, Cranach developed a distinctive figural type whose attenuated bodies did not conform to Renaissance ideals of harmony and mathematical proportion.

The exhibition Perfectly Imperfect: Cranach, Dürer and the Renaissance Nude will feature a selection of prints and paintings drawn primarily from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Two significant loans from the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Linda Hall Library will provide a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of these two artists and their widely-divergent approach to the female form.

Exhibition Date: March 13, 2020 - January 31, 2021.

Location: Gallery P10

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