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Velázquez's 'The Rokeby Venus'

At the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

From 10 May 2024

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, has one of the most important and renowned painting collections in the UK. The collection includes European Renaissance paintings, masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner and Stubbs, Pre-Raphaelite, Impressionist and contemporary works by Hockney, Wylie, and the winners of the John Moores Painting Prize.

The gallery is also home to a sculpture collection known for its outstanding works made between the 18th century and the First World War, from the high period of neo-classicism, to the era of 'New Sculpture' in Britain, and a great collection of British and European decorative art, dating from 1300 to the present day.

Velázquez, 'The Rokeby Venus'

The Walker Art Gallery will be displaying 'The Rokeby Venus' and challenging traditional readings of the painting by setting it alongside unexpected artworks by women and nonbinary artists from the Walker’s collection. These include Ethel Walker’s 'The Spanish Gesture', photographs by René Matic and Zanele Muholi, and Harriet Hosmer’s 'Puck'.

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