Dance and painting

Date and time

Monday 10 October, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Siân Walters


Admission free

Dance and movement have always played an important part in the history of Western art. Many of the gestures depicted in paintings were derived from or incorporated into the language of dance.

Paintings also tell us a great deal about the role of dance in society, giving us a valuable insight into the lives and pastimes of men and women, from Renaissance Italy to the age of the Impressionists.

Using examples from the National Gallery, Siân Waters explores the relationship between these two art forms.

Dancing Museums 

Dancing Museums brings together five European dance organisations and eight internationally renowned museums to explore new ways of interacting with audiences. 

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Image above: Detail from Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Ballet Dancers, about 1890-1900