Art: Laura Cumming’s 10 best of 2020

Art: Laura Cumming’s 10 best of 2020

December 27, 2020

Our critic’s picks of the year, from blockbuster shows to an essential virtual tour, the Arctic to artichokes…

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1. Artemisia
National Gallery, London; October-24 January 2021 (temporarily closed)
Non-stop theatre from the magnificently original and dynamic Italian baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who seems to live inside every role she depicts: lover, outraged victim, nation-saving heroine.

2. Titian: Love, Desire, Death
National Gallery, London; March-17 January 2021 (temporarily closed)
Golden light, flailing bodies, surging souls and skies: Titian’s transformations of mythological scenes from Ovid are some of the greatest pictures ever painted. This once-in-a-lifetime show united the whole series in one room. Even the artist himself never saw them all together.

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