21 December 1949 |
Nicholas Penny, FSA (born 21 December 1949) is a British art historian. Since Spring 2008 he has been director of the National Gallery in London.
Penny was educated at Shrewsbury School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before undertaking his postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. His academic career began with a research fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge, after which he went on to teach art history at Manchester University. While still in his early thirties, Penny was appointed to the Slade Professorship at Oxford University and to a Senior Research Fellowship at King's College, Cambridge. He was the co-author, with Francis Haskell, of Taste and the Antique, a study of the formation of the canon of classical sculpture published in 1984.
Between 1984 and 1989 Penny was keeper of the department of Western art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. In 1990 he began a long association with the National Gallery, joining the institution as Clore Curator of Renaissance Painting. Shortly afterwards, in 1991, he identified the Madonna of the Pinks belonging to the Duke of Northumberland as a genuine Raphael, and not a copy of a lost original as was previously supposed. The painting came to public prominence in 2002 when the Gallery undertook a major fundraising campaign in order to prevent the painting's sale to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Earlier that year Penny made an unsuccessful bid for the directorship of the National Gallery, the post going to Charles Saumarez Smith. Again in 2002, Penny was appointed Senior Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Following Saumarez Smith's early resignation from his post, Penny was once again a candidate for heading the London National Gallery, and this time he succeeded.
Penny is a regular contributor to The Burlington Magazine and the London Review of Books.
Design [R]evolutions: Places for Paintings and Paintings for Places
It is difficult to believe that the works of art we now see in museums were originally intended for display someplace else. The inaugural speaker for Desigh ...
Penny Nicholas at marriage equality senate hearing
Straight mother Penny Nicholas testifies to the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee in Maryland in support of the marriage equality bill. January 31, 2012....
Nicholas Penny | Campaign for the Titians | The National Gallery, London
Director of the National Gallery, Nicholas Penny, on Titian's dramatic masterpiece 'Diana and Actaeon'. Find out how you can secure the future of this painti...
Michelangelo Symposium Part 12: Nicholas Penny
"Sculpture and The Manchester Madonna" by Nicholas Penny Director, The National Gallery, London Join international scholars to explore the pivotal decade of ...
Distinguished Lecture By Nicholas Penny
Dr. Nicholas Penny, Director of the London National Gallery, delivers the lecture, "How Museums Influence Artists: Some Curious Examples," at Amherst College...
Exhibition insight | Barocci: Brilliance and Grace
Experience the charm and sensitivity of Barocci's masterpieces -- never before seen outside Italy -- which will feature in the National Gallery exhibition 'B...
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Nicholas and Penny wedding photo video
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Federico Barocci: Human and Divine | Barocci: Brilliance and Grace
Down to earth: how was Barocci able to humanise the divine? Discover the sincere devotion behind the artist's religious works, and his ability to both exalt ...
Tue, 21 May 2013 04:42:57 -0700
“In 2012, when we acquired Titian's masterpiece Diana and Callisto to sit alongside Diana and Actaeon, I said that no greater pair of Old Master paintings could possibly be secured for the public,” says Dr Nicholas Penny, the gallery's Director ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 08:07:15 -0700
Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, says: “In 2012, when we acquired Titian's masterpiece Diana and Callisto to sit alongside Diana and Actaeon, I said that no greater pair of Old Master paintings could possibly be secured for the public.
Wed, 22 May 2013 07:58:44 -0700
... primi direttori, tra i quali si ricorda Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, e a donazioni da parte di privati, che a tutt'oggi rappresentano i due terzi della collezione. Il direttore attuale è lo storico dell'arte Nicholas Penny, che ha assunto l'incarico ...
Thu, 09 May 2013 02:26:40 -0700
Do zlatega dečka na konjičku danskih umetnikov je bil na primer javno kritičen direktor Narodne galerije Nicholas Penny. Zadržane glasove pa se sliši tudi do postavitve modrega petelina. Za julija načrtovana skulptura umetnice Fritsch naj bi v javni prostor ...
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 03:05:53 -0700
Salomon, con Nicholas Penny, prepara l'esposizione londinese. I colloqui sono proseguiti con i responsabili del dipartimento pittura europea del Metropolitan (in riallestimento, per la riapertura prevista a maggio), Keith Christiansen direttore e ...
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