Strips of bending colours, from blue, red and green on a white canvas.

The Asahi Shimbun Displays

Raphael in 2020
emerging artists respond


19 March – 17 May 2020

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Room 3


On the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, emerging artists respond to one of the Renaissance master’s spectacular drawings.

Explore the parallels between Raphael’s artistic practice and development to those of contemporary artists Erin Adderley, Crystal Chia, Yulin Huang, Hanne Peeraer, Ti-Jean Roberts and Eva Suhajek.

Made when he himself was an emerging artist, the front (or ‘recto’) of the Raphael drawing on display shows his take on figures from Michelangelo's iconic Battle of Cascina, illustrating how he found his artistic voice by studying his peers. The drawing on the back (‘verso’) is of the Virgin Mary and is drawn using different media and techniques, showing the diversity of Raphael's drawing practice.

The contemporary works on display illuminate key aspects of Raphael's process and subject matter and offer modern responses related to issues of idealised beauty, artistic development and the iconic status of Renaissance artists.

Eva Suhajek

Eva Suhajek

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These displays were made possible by the support of The Asahi Shimbun Company, longstanding corporate sponsors of the British Museum. The Asahi Shimbun is a Japanese leading newspaper and the company also provides a substantial information service via the internet. The company has a century-long tradition of philanthropic support, notably staging key exhibitions in Japan on art, culture and history from around the world. In addition to the Asahi Shimbun Displays, The Asahi Shimbun Company is a committed supporter of the British Museum touring exhibition programme in Japan, and funder of The Asahi Shimbun Gallery of Amaravati sculpture in Room 33a.

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