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    Nureyev to Matisse to Dalí, Warhol to leather jackets

    Rudolf Nureyev photographed by Francette Levieux in “Moments” (Murray Louis Dance Company, 1977).
    Rudolf Nureyev photographed by Francette Levieux in “Moments” (Murray Louis Dance Company, 1977).

    “Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance”

    M.H. de Young Memorial Museum

    San Francisco

    Through Feb. 17

    Rudolf Nureyev photographed by André Chino in “La Bayadère” (Palais Garnier, 1974).

    Along with Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nureyev was one of the three most famous male ballet dancers of the 20th century. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of his death. Observing the occasion, this exhibition draws on loans from several ballet companies Nureyev danced with, as well as from his personal collection, housed at France’s Centre national du costume de scène, which organized the show with the de Young. On display are more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs (including the above) of Nureyev in performance.  50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415-750-3600,

    “Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350”

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    J. Paul Getty Museum

    Los Angeles

    Through Feb. 10

    Paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass are presented to show the early roots of the revolution in art that we now know as the Renaissance. The exhibition includes seven paintings by Giotto, the most ever shown together in North America.  1200 Getty Center Drive, 310-440-7300,

    “Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and
    the Making of Landscape”


    Royal Academy of Arts


    Through Feb. 17

    Looking at the careers of John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and J.M.W. Turner shows just how varied approaches to landscape painting can be. On display are some 150 works, including drawings, prints, and books, as well as paintings.  Burlington House, 011-44-20-7300-8000,

    “Matisse: In Search of True Painting”

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    New York

    Through March 17

    Henri Matisse seems the most effortless of modern masters. Yet as the 49 paintings in this exhibition make plain, he was as given to doubts and reworkings and experiments as his less-celestial peers.  1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd Street), 212-535-7710,


    National Gallery of Denmark


    Through March 17

    God, or so the saying goes, is in the details. What else may be found there is the subject of this exhibition drawn from the gallery’s permanent collection. On display are drawings, paintings, prints, and architectural renderings.  Solvgade 48-50, 011-45-3374-8494,


    Pompidou Center


    Through March 25

    This very large retrospective of the Surrealist artist features more than 200 of his works. In addition to drawings, sculptures, and paintings (one of them is his most famous, “The Persistence of Memory”), there are films, photographs, and broadcasts in the show.  Rue Beaubourg, 011-33-1-44-78-12-33,

    “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal”

    Hong Kong Museum of Art

    Dec. 16-March 31

    Organized by Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, this is the largest touring exhibition ever devoted to the Pop master. It includes upward of 400 items, spanning Warhol’s entire career, from his 1950s beginnings as a commercial artist, to his death, in 1987. 10 Salisbury Road, 011-852-2721-0116,

    “Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces

    from the Prado”

    Museum of Fine Arts


    Dec. 16-March 31

    The Prado in Madrid has one of the world’s foremost holdings of European paintings. Artists with works among the 100 canvases on display are Goya, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, Tiepolo, and Titian. 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300,

    “Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket”

    EMP Museum


    Through May 12

    Originally favored by aviators and motorcyclists, the leather jacket became an emblem of cool after World War II. “Worn to Be Wild” (a perfect
    title, no?) features movie memorabilia, advertising, vintage motorcycles, and, of course, leather jackets, including one worn by Elvis Presley. 325 5th Ave. N., 206-770-2700,


    Mark Feeney can be reached at mfeeney@globe