Two Girls, 1991, oil on canvas
The naked human figure has been a preoccupation of art from prehistory to the present day. This cross-period display of unclothed portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection raises questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. The show includes a double portrait of Ishbel Myerscough and Chantal Joffe, who have been close friends since their student days at Glasgow School of Art. The pair recently exhibited their work together in Friendship Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, which explored their life, painting practice and relationship.