Royal Academy – Tap into Anne Desmet RA’s artistic process

Anne Desmet RA: engraving angels

From all of us at the RA, thank you for your patience and your continued support as we take the slow steps back to normal. We are so thankful for our loyal Friends.

We know that not everyone can return to our galleries just yet, which is why we’re continuing to share the very best art and inspiration for you to enjoy at home.

This week, follow along with Anne Desmet RA’s week-by-week video journal as she shares the progress of her latest wood engraving, Angel Tower.

Inspired by her mother, the resilience of the human spirit and Florence Nightingale, watch how Desmet imbues her detailed prints with the unique spirit of this singular moment in time.

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Michelangelo Buonarroti; Taddei Tondo; The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John;
Credit line: (c) (c) Royal Academy of Arts / Photographer credit: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited /

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