Come on a journey and discover what it means to be Celtic in our major exhibition Celts: art and identity, an exploration of all things Celtic from 500 BC to the present day. You can also celebrate Celtic culture now through an evening of song, dance and performances at a free late event on 9 October. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see exceptional drawings created using the metalpoint technique in our exhibition Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns. Plus discover Egypt’s incredible journey over 12 centuries in our exhibition Egypt: faith after the pharaohs, which opens at the end of October.
Until 6 Dec 2015
‘A stupendously rich gathering of some of the greatest drawings in history’
★★★★★ The Guardian
This exhibition is the first to explore the development of metalpoint through six centuries and showcases the great variety of artistic styles it has encompassed. Such a glittering array of drawings by the greatest masters of this technique has never been assembled before. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to view a large collection of masterpieces by artists including Rogier van der Weyden, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Elder and Rembrandt.
There’s also a full programme of related events.
Organised by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the British Museum
Every year more than 3 million people see British Museum exhibitions and objects on show as part of touring exhibitions, spotlight loans or through work with partnership galleries. Catch these exhibitions and loans this month around the UK:
Social fabric: African textiles today takes a fresh look at the history, manufacture and social significance of African printed and factory-woven textiles. This exhibition is now showing at Ipswich Art School until January 2016.
Celebrating Ganesha features a 13th-century sculpture of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god. See this sculpture at Oxford Museum until 12 January 2016.
This bracelet is part of a set of a bracelet and earrings that are inspired by the Iron Age torcs found near Blair Drummond in Stirlingshire, Scotland. The Iron Age gold hoard was discovered in 2009 and has been described as the most significant discovery of Iron Age metalwork in Scotland. This jewellery is based on two torcs in the hoard that are made of fine, twisted gold – a style known as ‘ribbon torcs’.
Discover jewellery, replicas and more inspired by the exhibitionCelts: art and identity at the online shop.
Also this month
National Portrait Gallery
15 Oct 2015 – 10 Jan 2016
Alberto Giacometti was one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. This exhibition is the first to focus on his portraiture and includes over 60 paintings, sculptures and drawings.
14–18 Oct 2015
Visit Frieze Masters and discover thousands of years of art history in a unique, contemporary setting. Over 130 of the world’s leading galleries come together along with special feature sections Spotlight and Collections and the Sculpture Park. Tickets available now.
Victoria and Albert Museum
This autumn a series of exhibitions, displays and special events explore the rich culture of South Asia, marking the 25th anniversary of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery opening.