Artemesia at The National Gallery, London, is a sensational show. What an artist, what a woman and how committed Artemesia Gentileschi was in pursuing her art and forging an international reputation. Women artists from the 17th Century are rare enough but she is also remarkable for the fortitude with which she confronted appalling abuse as a young woman and followed her own passions to lead a life of freedom to express her artistic ambitions. Her narrative paintings reflect her scorn of abusive men which finds form in images of grisly violence and vengeance.

‘Summer’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy 2020. It’s September and time for… yes, The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Postponed because of the pandemic, this 252nd annual extravaganza of art can finally be viewed. It’s a credit to the dedicated team at the gallery that they have managed to hang the show and present it to the public before the year is done. And what a treat it is to finally view the selected artworks in the the Piccadilly galleries. It’s the usual pick and mix of artworks, some by the great and good from the art world, and others by gifted artists who submitted their work at the start of the year and were lucky enough to be selected for a spot on the wall. Here’s my own pick and mix of the art on show.

The Tantra exhibition at the British Museum is certainly enlightening! With no idea what to expect I was intrigued by the collection of sculptures, artworks and documents which express this ancient philosophy and religion which has influenced Hinduism and Buddhism and even the counterculture of the 1960s. Apart from the interest in and celebration of sex it’s also a surprisingly violent and bloodthirsty religion. And who knew that Tantric art was the source of the iconic tongue which promoted the Rolling Stones!

Titian: Love, Desire, Death – a rare chance to see Titian’s epic mythological paintings reunited for the first time in over 400 years. The six narrative paintings – referencing stories from classical mythology – were painted by Titian between 1551 and 1562. The artist had been given free rein to depict any subject he liked by his generous and sympathetic patron, King Philip II of Spain. It’s a joy to see them all in the same space, seen by daylight at the National Gallery in London.