During China’s Cultural Revolution traditional artists were condemned as counter-revolutionaries and imprisoned. In their place the government attempted to create a new visual culture: one that celebrated workers, soldiers, industrial progress and Chairman Mao.
Leonardo da Vinci completed only about 20 paintings in his lifetime. Many of his greatest works were left unfinished, or destroyed. Yet he made hundreds of drawings covering an incredible array of subjects, from anatomy to botany, from sculpture to architecture, and now you can see a selection of them up close and personal, in a museum or gallery near you.
For Tate’s ‘Van Gogh and Britain‘ exhibition, opening on 27th March 2019, The National Gallery is lending its Sunflowers – which will be displayed in a fresh context, to show its impact on British art. Until now it has not been appreciated quite what an inspiration this single painting has been to generations of artists.