Titus Kaphar, Sacrifice, 2011, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time.

Artists have explored the meaning of classicism and pushed against its boundaries for centuries. Whether an artist embraces or resists a “classical ideal”—of order and balance, beauty or spirituality—it has always been a touchstone for conversation.


Companion exhibitions include works by designer Wendell Castle and architect and National Academician William Pedersen in a dedicated project space, and Reflections on the Classical in the school featuring work by Academy School students and faculty. Please join us for programs, tours and courses that explore classicism and the artist’s creative impulse.


The National Academy Museum & School gratefully acknowledges support for this exhibition from The Greenwich Collection.

The Academy also gratefully acknowledges support for our programming and activities from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Hearst Foundations, the Sy Syms Foundation, the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, the Bodman Foundation, the Bonnie Cashin Fund, the Alex J. Ettl Foundation, The Reed Foundation, the Gilder Foundation, the Cowles Charitable Trust, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We are also deeply grateful for the generous support of individual donors, Academy Patrons, and Friends Circle members, whose contributions and participation are vital to the life of the Academy.