Exhibition Programme 2012

Release date: 
Monday, 19 December 2011

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace                                                        
Until 15 April 2012

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole.  Ponting’s dramatic images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole.  Hurley’s extraordinary icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914-17, which ended with the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia.  Both collections of photographs were presented to King George V and are today part of the Royal Photograph Collection.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace                                               
4 May – 7 October 2012

This is the largest ever exhibition of Leonardo’s studies of the human body.  Leonardo da Vinci has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy.  He intended to publish his ground-breaking work in a treatise on anatomy, and had he done so his discoveries would have transformed European knowledge of the subject.  But on his death in 1519 the drawings remained a mass of undigested material among his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world for almost 400 years.  Today they are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures.

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

The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of dramatic change in Northern Europe.  Monarchs vied for territorial power, religious reformers questioned the central tenets of the church and scholars sought greater understanding of their world.  Against this backdrop, artists produced works of extraordinarily diverse subject-matter and superb technical skill.  This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period.  Among the highlights are prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological 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 Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration
August and September 2012 (Additional dates will be added at the beginning and end of the season)

Diamond, the hardest natural material known, carries associations of endurance and longevity.  These qualities, allied to the purity, magnificence and value of the stones, have for centuries led rulers to deploy diamonds in regalia, jewellery and precious objects.  Individual diamonds have achieved great renown, passing down the generations and between enemies or allies as potent symbols of sovereignty and as precious gifts.

A spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace shows the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years.  It includes a number of The Queen’s personal jewels – those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign.  The exhibition reveals how many of these extraordinary stones have undergone a number of transformations, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings during their fascinating history.

Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7766 7300


The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years
The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle        
4 February – 28 October 2012

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.

Treasures from the Royal Library
The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle        
2 November 2012 – 3 February 2013

Fine printed books, manuscripts, watercolours, photographs and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Hans Holbein demonstrate the extraordinary richness and diversity of this part of the Royal Collection, which dates back to the 16th century.

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


The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse        
16 March – 4 November 2012

The selection of 100 outstanding works has been made across the entire breadth of the Royal Collection, from eight royal residences and over five centuries of collecting.  It includes paintings, drawings, miniatures, watercolours, manuscripts, furniture, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery, reflecting the tastes of monarchs and other members of the royal family who have shaped one of the world’s great art collections.  Highlights include paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Monet, drawings by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Holbein, and Imperial Easter Eggs by Fabergé.  Most of the works are shown in Scotland for the first time.

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


Royal Collection Trust Touring Exhibitions

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery                                                 
13 January – 25 March 2012

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery                                                                                 
31 March – 10 June 2012

Ulster Museum, Belfast                                                                                         
15 June – 27 August 2012

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum                                         
31 August – 4 November 2012

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull                                                                    
10 November 2012 – 20 January 2013

Ten of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings in the Royal Collection tour to five venues across the UK. They have been selected to reflect Leonardo’s use of different media and the extraordinary range of his activities – painting and sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy. The exhibition includes designs for chariots fitted with flailing clubs, a study of the head of Leda, a drawing of oak leaves, a double-sided sheet of anatomical sketches, a design for a scheme to drain marshland, a view of a river from a window, a costume study of a man on horseback, drawings of apocalyptic scenes, and a study of an old man in profile, one of the last drawings made by the artist.

Marcus Adams, Royal Photographer: Photographs from the Royal Collection
Harewood House, Leeds          
31 March – 17 June 2012

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth           
29 June – 16 September 2012

Marcus Adams (1875-1959) overturned the long tradition of formal royal portraiture.  Between 1926 and 1956 he created a unique record of two generations of royal children, presenting a new, relaxed image of royalty.  Vintage prints from almost all the royal sittings are among the 100 works in the exhibition, many formerly part of the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.  The centrepiece is a charming group of photographs of the very young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret taken in the late 1920s and 1930s.

 


For further information and photographs, please contact the Royal Collection Press Office, +44 (0)20 7839 1377, press@royalcollection.org.uk.  A selection of images is also available from www.picselect.com.