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In a letter to his friend the Revd John Fisher of 23 October 1821, John Constable famously observed that, ‘It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale and the chief organ of sentiment’. Inspired by Constable’s statement this exhibition will focus on aerial rather than terrestrial landscapes in art. Skies can represent infinity and the realm of the divine, clouds transience or magnificence, storms threat or drama, while sunrises and sunsets evoke meditations upon death and renewal. This will be an opportunity to view the art of landscape form a new perspective and will feature a stimulating variety of works from the Western Art department’s collection of prints and drawings.

Image: John Ruskin, Study of Dawn © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford