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The new London Art Week Winter 2020 Digital platform will again be hosting highlights from some 50 participating international dealers, and offering a varied online live events programme with a range of museum partners. Special gallery exhibitions will be open in London’s Mayfair and St. James’s - and also in Paris, New York, Italy and Germany. London Art Week's second annual Symposium takes place online this year: it celebrates Raphael, the exalted genius of Renaissance art, on the 500th anniversary of his death.

Visit physical gallery exhibitions and virtual shows of art for sale, spanning diverse themes and periods, from Renaissance masterpieces to 17th century portraits and history paintings; 18th century drawings and pastels, to Commedia dell’Arte and animal subjects of the 19th and 20th centuries; discover works on paper and watercolours priced for entry-level collectors, to museum-quality works by such artists as the modern British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), the Italian neoclassical painter Fedele Fischetti (1732-1792) and Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536), a contemporary of Raphael in 16th century Rome. Attend LAW’s highly-regarded Symposium to learn about Raphael the Renaissance genius, and enjoy talks from dealers and experts on topics that include Nordic Artists and the Sublime. Several notably exhibitions include;

Trinity Fine Art - New Horizons
Paintings and sculptures that had a significant impact on a new period in art or represent important historic events: with the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death approaching in 2021, a magnificent highlight Les deux majestés (The Two Majesties) by the celebrated French academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), is not only a fine example of this artist’s animal pictures, it also mirrors a profound political statement bearing compositional resemblance to paintings of Napoleon staring out to sea confronting his exiled fate on St Helena, notably those by Benjamin Robert Haydon.

Galerie Canesso, Paris – Love in Art, Love for Art
A group of exceptional paintings reflecting the gallery’s taste for Italian Old Masters and history: love, eroticism and desire is depicted in many guises, inspired by poetry, mythology and the pledges of Renaissance courtship. A work by Bernardino Licinio (c. 1490-c. 1550) shows a Venetian couple celebrating amorous sentiment as they engage in a promise of marriage and prosperity; Fedele Fischetti (1732-1792) shows Selene, the goddess of the Moon, as she spends the night admiring the beauty of her lover, Endymion, to whom Zeus has granted eternal youth, while Louis Dorigny (1654-1742) interprets an Ovidian myth in which Pan, the god of Nature, is in despair when the object of his desire, the nymph Syrinx, turns into a reed before his eyes as she flees from him.

Mirelle Mosler, New York - Face to Face
In an online exhibition inspired by the current crisis, Mireille Mosler has selected an eclectic mix of European works on paper from the 17th to the 20th century that bring together protagonists from a pre-internet age: farmer or doctor, dreamer or muse, their portraits transport us to existence in another time.

Weiss Gallery - Valour: Old Master Portraits featuring Arms & Armour
Portraits of historical figures involved in brave acts and great military feats: many are depicted as 'men of action' wearing armour, and the paintings will be juxtaposed with real pieces of arms and armour kindly lent by Peter Finer, one of the world’s greatest specialists in the field.

Sladmore Gallery - Dogs, Cats and Other Best Friends, A Selection of Animal Sculpture
A menagerie of animal sculptures is a major element of the collections at Sladmore: a renewed appreciation for the simplicity these animals bring to our lives in times of upheaval has inspired a selection of pieces spanning three centuries of sculpture.

Agnews - The Nativity by Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536)
In tandem with the LAW symposium focused on Raphael, Agnews will be showing a remarkable work by the Sienese artist Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536) which is inspired by Raphael's tapestry cartoon of Saint Paul Preaching at Athens (c. 1515, on loan from Her Majesty The Queen to the V&A, London). Painted at about the same time, this oil on panel's rather world-weary and anxious figure of Joseph is a reworking of a spectator in Raphael’s cartoon.

Colnaghi - Spanish and European Colonial Art I
During LAW Winter 2020 Colnaghi will offer a preview of Colonial Art, which will be a main focus across the gallery’s three locations in 2021. Works exhibited include two oil and mother-of-pearl on wood panel paintings by Miguel and Juan González. The Mexican artists who worked in the 17th and 18th century created the two works - Saint Martin on Horseback and Saint Joseph and Infant Jesus - circa 1690.

Laocoon Gallery - The Commedia dell’Arte: Italian masks in 20th Century art
The connection between mask and painting: at the centre this thematic exhibition is an impressive series of drawings by the visionary Italian artist Alberto Martini (1876-1954), a precursor of surrealism. He acted as costume designer and court portrait-painter for the Marchesa Luisa Casati, famed for her eccentric Venetian masked balls.

Osborne Samuel Ltd - Sean Henry Showcase
The gallery has shown works by Sean Henry, a contemporary British sculptor, for 20 years and his most recent exhibitions have included installations at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Lightbox Gallery & Museum in Woking, and Oslo & Arrowtown in New Zealand. Osborne Samuel will also highlight a beautiful early work by Alan Reynolds which they are exhibiting for the first time, as well as a bronze by Dame Elisabeth Frink, and a Prunella Clough painting and a historically important work by sculptor Reg Butler (1913-1981).

Philip Mould & Company – Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art
This ground-breaking exhibition, which opened in October, continues. It offers a multidisciplinary display that progresses from 16th century portraitists, to painters working at the forefront of the British avant-garde in the early 20th century.

THE SYMPOSIUM:

This year should have seen celebrations for Raphael - painter, architect, designer of sculpture and tapestries, and one of the greatest draughtsmen of Western art - on the 500th anniversary of his death. Many of these international exhibitions have had to be cancelled, but London Art Week is pleased to announce that its symposium will be devoted to this great Italian artist. From Tuesday, 1st to Thursday, 3rd December 2020 three panel discussions will bring together Raphael experts from around the world. LAW is working closely on this year’s symposium with Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Lead Curator of the Raphael Cartoons project at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

ONLINE EVENTS & FEATURES:

There will be online talks focusing on a wide variety of artists, art movements and the art market, engaging with our participating dealers and museum partners. In collaboration with the Nordic Institute of Art and the Norwegian Embassy, will be an online book launch of Peder Balke - Sublime North (Works from The Gundersen Collection) by Knut Ljogodt, followed by a podium discussion via Zoom. The website will publish special features on some of the subjects discussed, and essays on highlights from London Art Week Winter 2020 for visitors to delve into and further explore the rich art history represented by the event’s participants and partners.

London Art Week originated in 2001 and is a collegiate event involving leading international art dealers. It brings together specialists in drawings, paintings and sculpture, antiquities and the fine arts for the staging of exhibitions and the sharing of ideas and learning. London Art Week went Digital in Summer 2020, and the event website has evolved into an exciting new platform hosting news, virtual events and academic articles about art of the past 5,000 years, from ancient to modern.

For more visit: londonartweek.co.uk

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