Skyscape: The limitless art of the sky

NOW OPEN until 16 January 2022

‘The sky is the source of light in nature – and governs everything.’ – John Constable

Celebrating artists’ fascination with the sky, this exciting new exhibition invites you to escape into aerial landscapes just like the artists who painted them. Organised by The Ashmolean Museum, it features the masterpieces of some of history’s most notable artists including Rembrandt, Dürer, Turner, Palmer and Nash.

Inspired by Constable’s famous statement of 1821 that ‘It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale’, Skyscape is an exciting opportunity to view the popular art of landscape from a new perspective. These artists’ depictions of the sky include a wide variety of media encompassing engraving, etching, ceramic, mezzotint, watercolour, graphic sketches, oil, and heliogravure.

This exhibition has been organised by The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Exhibition open Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, from 30 September 2021 – 16 January 2022 (Museum closed 24 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 inclusive).

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Image: Rembrandt, The Three Trees, 1643. © Ashmolean Museum