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Exhibition September 12, 2020 − February 28

Perfect Imperfection: Cranach, Durer and the Nude Renaissance. Robert Blackburn and Contemporary American Prints

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites you to visit two parallel exhibitions Robert Blackburn and Contemporary American Prints and "Perfect Imperfection: Cranach, Durer and the Nude Renaissance".

The first exhibition will present to visitors more than 60 prints by master Robert Blackburn, avant-garde and modernist who had a huge influence on the development of printing in the United States, and artists who collaborated with him. The second exposition introduces prints and paintings by the great masters of the Renaissance from the museum's collection: amazing and realistic images of nudity embody the ideals of beauty of Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Viewers will see sensual Greek goddesses, soaring winged mythical characters, and a deeper understanding of the masters' approach to the perfection of female forms. Durer relied on a system of precise mathematical measurements to depict the human body, Cranach developed a characteristic figured type, whose bodies did not correspond to the ideals of harmony and mathematical proportion of the Renaissance.

Based on site materials Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Galleries at the exhibition