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Royal Academy of Arts

Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England (Mayfair)
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
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Ranked #155 of 2,399 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Colleges & universities, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in...
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Type: Art museums, Colleges & universities, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

If you are a Rubens expert, or an art historian or even a museum curator I imagine you will find this exhibition excellent. But if you just wanted to learn more about the remarkable painter Rubens, then you are liable to be confused and disappointed. This exhibition is full of surprises – but most of them are unpleasant. The first... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Nothing special. Lately the exhibitions have not been to what it used to be. However it was worth a visit if you are not paying for it.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited the above exhibion on Saturday 21st Feb mid afternoon and it was very very busy. Fortunately we used the Audio guides (£4 per unit) which I suggest are a MUST, as they free you up from trying to read all the picture narratives. Rubens place in the evolution of art and his inflence is well described. By the... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Rubens and His Legacy exhibition. I'm glad you found the audio guide informative; they provide a great insight. In addition to the audio guides available at the gallery entrance we now offer them for hire on-line too. You can select the audio option when buying your ticket. I was sorry to hear that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Never thought of reviewing an art exhibition before. To be honest the clue is in the name of the exhibition. Rubens and his legacy. Neither of us knew exactly how this would work or be portrayed in an exhibition. Well it was brilliant really. The thought put into how the displays were, erm, displayed was very informative. Obviously everyone will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I went as my other half is into Rubens, I found it interesting as I didn't realise how much he influenced other artists. However I much preferred the landscapes by Constable and the star sculpture outside is amazing. Having said that well worth a visit an enjoyable and informative way to spend an afternoon.

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Jersey, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Visited in early February and went to Rubens exhibition. The quantity and depth of paintings by Rubens and his close contemporaries was impressive. To a non Art buff like me the explanation of the influence of Rubens over a number of other big name artists was educational. As was the breadth of Rubens repertoire, I had previously thought of his... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I love Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions. Whenever I have time I arrange a visit. If the exhibition is interesting I try not to miss it. Rubens and His Legacy was an okey exhibition. Not impressive to be honest. There were lots of other painters and paintings displayed too. It was a good day out with a touch of a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I can rarely fault the exhibitions at this amazing venue. This is informative about the artist himself, but more interesting is his influence on so many other artists from Reynolds, Watteau, Constable, Gainsborough, Murillo, and so many others. A real insight into this man's travels, his understanding of both art and politics and how his brush strokes gave other artists... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been a member of the Royal Academy for over 30 years. I try to go to most events and exhibitions which are being offered every year. But 2015 seems to me a 'special year ' in a special place. Do not miss the present Rubens exhibition in the RA even if you are not a friend of old... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review and for your continued Membership. The loyalty of our Friends and Visitors helps to make the Royal Academy of Arts a really special place. I am really excited about our offer in 2015 with Richard Diebenkorn, the Summer Exhibition and Ai Weiwei to name but a few of our upcoming shows. Not to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is more to Rubens than the swarthy muscular satyr in pursuit of the pale voluptuous nude. Politics, lust, and celebrity-all recognisable modern themes-feature strongly in this exhibition. The artist's legacy is thoroughly explored using the work of other artists influenced by his work-a lesson in how to leave your mark.

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