On view

What’s on display in museums around the world

Bryan Edward Duppa and Gustav William Henry Mullins made this image, “Queen Victoria Holding Portrait of Prince Albert,” her husband, in 1854.
Bryan Edward Duppa and Gustav William Henry Mullins made this image, “Queen Victoria Holding Portrait of Prince Albert,” her husband, in 1854.

“A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography”

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Feb. 4-June 8

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch arrived on the throne almost at the same time photography was invented. So what was then the most modern art was also, literally, Victorian. Victoria enjoyed collecting photographs and was, of course, the subject of many photographic portraits. This unusual exhibition, combining art, biography, and history, comprises images from both the Royal Collection and the Getty’s permanent holdings. Among photographers with work in the show are William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, and Julia Margaret Cameron. 1200 Getty Center Drive, 310-440-7300,

“A Dialogue With Nature: Romantic Landscapes From Britain and Germany”


Courtauld Gallery, London

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Through April 27

Romanticism first began to emerge in the second half of the 18th century and came to maturity in the first half of the 19th. There are only two dozen works in this exhibition, but among the makers of the drawings, watercolors, and oil sketches are such masters as J. M. W. Turner and Caspar David Friedrich. Somerset House, the Strand, 011-44-20-7872-0220,

“Now Babylon: Architecture, Culture and Identity”

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Humlebaek, Denmark


Jan. 31-May 4

Architecture is shaped by how a region sees itself — and in turn shapes regional self-image. This second exhibition in an ongoing series on regional architecture looks at contemporary building design in the Arab world. Gl. Strandvej 13, 011-45-49-19-07-19, www.loui

“From Matisse to the Blue Rider: Expressionism in Germany and France”

Kunsthaus Zurich

Feb. 7-May 11

The expressive use of color and the chromatic evocation of emotion were at the heart of German Expression and the French Fauve school at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibition, comprising 77 paintings and 30 prints, examines the interplay between the two.
Heimplatz 1, 011-41-44-253-8484,



Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum


Feb. 4-May 18

This exhibition looks at Paul Cézanne’s work in landscape and still life, the two genres that he made his own — and, in doing so, became one of the founding figures of modern art. Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado 8, 011-34-902-76-05-11,

“Zurbarán: Master of Spain’s Golden Age”

Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

Through May 25

As Francisco de Zurbarán was a master of religious art, much of his work hangs in churches and monasteries. What makes this retrospective notable is its having secured multiple loans of Zurbarán works from religious establishments. Rue Ravenstein, 011-32-2-507-82-11,

“When the Greeks Ruled Egypt”

Art Institute of Chicago

Through July 27

Alexander the Great’s conquest of Egypt in the 3d century BC brought together two great ancient cultures. Among the items here demonstrating their artistic impact on each other are mummy masks, glassware, jewelry, and portraiture. 111 South Michagan Ave., 312-443-3600,

“The Power of Poison”

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Through Aug. 10

Poison occurs surprisingly often in nature, as a defense for both plants and animals. It’s a factor in human health and has often figured in history, literature, and myth. All those aspects, as well as its increasing use in medicine, are detailed here.  Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100, www

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