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In pictures: Renaissance faces

Portrait of a Lady with Spindle and Distaff, by Martin van Heemskerck  Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

A "landmark" exhibition featuring a wealth of Renaissance portraits has gone on display at The National Gallery in London.

The Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.  Skoklosters Slot. Photo Samuel Uhrdin

Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian also features masterpieces by Raphael, Botticelli and Holbein and includes Giuseppe Arcimboldo's depiction of Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, painted circa 1590.

Portrait of a Woman, 'La Bella', by Palma Vecchio.  Museo Thyssen-Boremisza, Madrid

The National Gallery describes the event as a "rare opportunity" to explore Renaissance portraiture in depth.

Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's Drawing, by Giovanni Francesco Caroto.  Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona

The exhibition features more than 60 paintings, as well as sculptures, drawings and medals, including Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's Drawing, by Giovanni Francesco Caroto.

An Old Woman (The Ugly Duchess), by Quinten Massys.  The National Gallery, London

Quinten Massys's An Old Woman (The Ugly Duchess) is one of a number of Renaissance paintings owned by The National Gallery. It is on display with loans from galleries in the UK, Europe and the US.

Francesco Giamberti da Sangallo, by Piero di Cosimo. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian runs until 18 January 2009.



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