The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition

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The histories of art and literature are inextricably linked: an ancient epic poem inspires an Old Master picture; a contemporary artist takes flight from a Shakespearean phrase; a medieval illuminated manuscript combines text and painting in a single beautiful object. 

Christie’s is delighted to present The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition, which brings together an extraordinary selection of masterpieces embodying this most productive of creative partnerships. At times direct and at other times subtly allusive, the connections between art and literature explored across this exhibition offer exciting insights into the works of important artists and writers including Marlene Dumas, William Shakespeare, Peter Paul Rubens, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Lucian Freud, Joan Mitchell, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and Peter Doig.

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Until 14 July

Weekdays, 9am – 5pm
Weekends, 12pm – 5pm
Closed on 18 and 19 June

Extended viewing until 8pm on 4 and 11 July 


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