"Renaissance Faces" at London's National Gallery

The autumn extravaganza at the National Gallery in London will be devoted to portraits from the Renaissance, including works from Van Eyck to Titian. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian reports on what to expect. (photos)

The show is expected to be a blockbuster.

The 15th and 16th centuries will be revealed, said curator Susan Foister, as a period in which "great painters burst upon the scene with a fascination for the human likeness. They not only acquired the techniques to do it, but also the intellectual liberation required to think about what it meant to be an individual."