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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Barocci's greatness to be displayed at National Gallery

25th February 2013

Federico Barocci is celebrated as one of the most talented artists of the late 16th century in Italy and some of his works are set to be displayed at The National Gallery later this week.

The exhibition will showcase some of the artist's most spectacular pieces, including his famous Entombment from Senigallia and Last Supper from Urbino Cathedral.

Fascinated by the human form, he fused charm and compositional harmony with an unparalleled sensitivity to colour.

Taking place from February 27th to May 19th, this display will assemble the majority of Barocci's greatest altarpieces and paintings, intertwined with sequences of his preparatory drawings, allowing audiences to understand just how each piece was constructed.

The artist's works, drawn for life and inspired by the people and animals that surrounded him, are characterised by a warmth that transforms his religious subjects into something that everyone can identify with.

Director of the National Gallery Dr Nicholas Penny said of Barocci's work: "For exquisite and original harmonies, for tenderness of sentiment, for compelling and vertiginous compositions, Barocci has never been surpassed. He rendered the sacred both divinely beautiful and irresistibly human."

For those people that do book a place in one of the many luxury hotels in London, admission to the gallery will cost between £6 and £12 depending on whether you are a full paying adult or concession.

You can also pay an optional £1.20 on top of the price that will go to Gift Aid.

The National Gallery is situated in central London and as such it is just a short walk away from the Embankment, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square Tube stops, while it is also close by to the London Charing Cross Overground station.


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