The human body has fascinated artist throughout centuries. In the mid eighteenth century this topic in art was been given a new leash a life due to spectaculair archaeological discoveries in Italy. Artists like Canova, Thorvaldsen, Mengs, Kauffmann and Batoni pursue ultimate perfection: even more perfect then the (aesthetic) ideal of the Greeks and the Romans. Many artists and elite youths set off for Italy, to see the sources of inspiration themselves. In the exhibition the visitor makes a grand tour along the finest examples of neoclassical art from the Hermitage.
The exhibition Classic Beauties will offer a delightful journey through European Neoclassicism, including the unrivalled Canova collection with The Three Graces. On show from 16 June 2018 to 13 January 2019.