Classical Art

Visibly inspired by the ancient worlds

Our splendid galleries of Egyptian, Greek and Roman material have had such a profound impact through history that these great civilisations have inspired countless generations of artists to record and reinterpret their ideas of the ancient world.

In the Egyptian gallery this is graphically demonstrated by the more recent paintings of Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jean Cocteau, Henry Newman and Hubert Robert.

This complementary and thematic trend continues in the sense that ancient Greece has been recreated through the artistic skill of George Braque, Keith Haring, Andre Masson and Pablo Picasso.

The juxtaposition of ancient, neoclassical, modern and contemporary art is dramatically and elegantly expressed in a series of ingenious arrangements that combine ancient statues of Venus with Venus by Yves Klein and The Birth of Venus by Andy Warhol; a head of emperor Caracalla and a drawing by Henri Matisse; ancient portraiture with emperors Vitellius and Vespasian by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, and many more novel arrangements in museology.

Gallery

A Selection of Art from our Collection