2013 Exhibition Programme

Elizabeth I when a Princess, 1546 - Attributed to William Scrots

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
Windsor Castle

 

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace  
2 November 2012 – 14 April 2013

The Renaissance in northern Europe was the counterpart to the revolution in art and scholarship that took place in Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries.  It was a period marked by dramatic change – monarchs vied for territorial power, reformers questioned the central tenets of Christian faith and scholars sought greater understanding of their world.  Against this backdrop, artists produced works of ingenuity, beauty and superb technical skill.  The exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints, manuscripts, printed books, sculpture, tapestries and armour.  Among the highlights are works on paper by Albrecht Dürer, paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger displayed alongside the finished oil portraits. 

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7766 7301
 

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse  
16 November 2012 – 24 February 2013

Sixty photographs of The Queen, including the work of leading press photographers of the past six decades, celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  The exhibition presents a portrait of
The Queen’s reign as captured in fleeting moments on both official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings.  With the advent of photography, the boundaries between the officially approved and the spontaneously captured image of the monarch were irreversibly blurred.  Today, through the reach of modern media, the image of Her Majesty is familiar to millions around the world.  Most of the exhibition has been selected from photographs submitted by the Royal Rota photographic organisations.

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)131 556 5100
 

The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch
The Drawings Gallery, Windsor  Castle 
23 November 2012 – 9 June 2013

Her Majesty The Queen has been portrayed by some of our most accomplished artists and photographers during her 60-year reign.  This exhibition presents a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits that highlight the diverse ways in which The Queen has been represented in different media throughout her six decades on the throne.  Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the anniversary of the Coronation in 2013, The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch includes work by Dorothy Wilding, Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lucian Freud, Rankin and Annie Leibovitz.  It also includes the four colourful screenprint portraits of The Queen produced in 1985 by Andy Warhol and acquired for the Royal Collection in 2012.

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7766 7304
 

Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse  
8 March – 21 July 2013

In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94).  This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour.  It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today.  The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece.  He met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and travelled in a manner unassociated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents.  On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that has hitherto been placed before the public’. 

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)131 556 5100

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace  
10 May – 6 October 2013

Wealth, social position, marital status and even religion – the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their court during the 16th and 17th centuries often carried meaning and conveyed important messages.  It was used as visual propaganda to present monarchs as leaders of taste and to create the image of magnificence.  This exhibition follows the changing fashions of the period, the spread of styles internationally and the role of artists as stylists.  Including works by Van Dyck, Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard and Peter Lely, it brings together more than 60 paintings, as well as drawings, jewellery, garments, accessories and armour. 

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7766 7301

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse  
2 August – 10 November 2013

Long recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy.  Had his ground-breaking work been published, it would have transformed European knowledge of the subject.  This exhibition focuses on Leonardo’s anatomical investigations during the winter of 1510-11, when he carried out some 20 autopsies at the University of Pavia in collaboration with the professor of anatomy, Marcantonio della Torre.  His resulting studies are recorded in the ‘Anatomical Manuscript A’, in which he illustrates almost every bone in the human body and many of the major muscle groups.  On this series of 18 sheets, mostly double sided, Leonardo crammed over 240 individual drawings of astounding clarity and notes running to more than 13,000 words in his distinctive mirror-writing. 

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)131 556 5100

Castiglione: Lost Genius
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace  
1 November 2013 – 16 March 2014

One of the great artists of the Baroque, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) was perhaps the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time.  He practised as a painter, but won fame for his drawings and prints.  Castiglione worked in oils on paper to produce large, vibrant compositions, and combined drawing and printmaking to invent the technique of monotype.  Despite leading a violent and turbulent life, he produced works of grace and rare beauty, which were highly esteemed for a century after his death.  But Castiglione unaccountably fell from fame in the modern era.  The Royal Collection holds the finest surviving group of the artist’s works.

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7766 7301

High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse  
22 November 2013 – 2 March 2014

The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England.  Rowlandson was working at a time when English satirical prints were prized by collectors across Europe.  A number of the works in the exhibition were purchased by George, Prince of Wales, later Prince Regent and King George IV.  Ironically the Prince was often the butt of caricaturists’ jokes and sometimes tried to prevent the publication of images that he felt were particularly offensive.  Through Rowlandson’s drawings and prints, the exhibition examines life at the turn of the 19th century.

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Date: 
Friday, 5 October 2012