A Free Exhibition Of The Renaissance's Greatest Artists

Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo - The National Gallery ★★★★☆

A Free Exhibition Of The Renaissance's Greatest Artists Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo - The National Gallery 4

Ask anyone to name Renaissance artists and most people will name the trio of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo. The National Gallery has placed these three greats together in a one room display that's free to visit.

True it's only eight works in total, and not the finest works by any one of these artists, but they are still worth seeing, and offer an insightful glimpse into the genius of these painters. We see each painter's take on religious scenes with Da Vinci's Madonna exchanging a tender look with the infant Christ yet still looking saintly, while Raphael's Madonna of the Pinks strikes a more domestic feel.

There are also two unfinished Michelangelo paintings, but the star work from him is the marble tondo still on loan from the Royal Academy of Arts.  

There were some major rivalries between these artists when they were alive, so now's your chance to compare and pick your favourite.

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael around 1500 at The National Gallery until 28 January. Free to visit.

Last Updated 04 September 2017