Exhibitions 2008

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

 

Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery
14 March - 28 September 2008

This extraordinary exhibition, recently shown at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, is selected from the collections of the Royal Library in collaboration with the distinguished naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. It brings together the works of four artists and a collector who have shaped our knowledge of the world around us. Leonardo da Vinci, Cassiano dal Pozzo, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby are diverse figures who shared a passion for enquiry and a fascination with the beautiful and bizarre in nature. All lived at a time when new species were being discovered around the world in ever increasing numbers. Many of the plants and animals represented in the exhibition were then barely known in Europe. Today some are commonplace, while others are extinct.

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting
17 October 2008 - 26 April 2009

The exhibition brings together over 50 of the Royal Collection’s finest Flemish paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries. The works were produced during the turbulence of the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) and its immediate aftermath, when peace was finally restored to the region. Highlights of the exhibition include masterpieces by Hans Memling, Van Dyck and Teniers and a wonderful group of landscapes by Jan Brueghel and Rubens depicting the blessings of harmony and fertility. Pieter Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents forms a powerful centrepiece to the exhibition. This deceptively beautiful scene of a Flemish village under snow is now regarded as one of the most savage satires in the history of art.

 

Treasures from the Royal Collection
Throughout 2008

Brought together from royal residences across the UK, spectacular highlights from the Royal Collection include paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Winterhalter, dazzling works by Fabergé, as well as furniture, sculpture and ceramics, jewellery, silver and gold. Among the world-famous pictures on display is Thomas Gainsborough’s Diana and Actaeon. Unfinished at the time of the artist’s death, it is the only surviving mythological painting by Gainsborough.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7301

 


 

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

 

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting
Until 6 April 2008

The exhibition brings together over 50 of the Royal Collection’s finest Flemish paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries. The works were produced during the turbulence of the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) and its immediate aftermath, when peace was finally restored to the region. Highlights of the exhibition include masterpieces by Hans Memling, Van Dyck and Teniers and a wonderful group of landscapes by Jan Brueghel and Rubens depicting the blessings of harmony and fertility. Pieter Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents forms a powerful centrepiece to the exhibition. This deceptively beautiful scene of a Flemish village under snow is now regarded as one of the most savage satires in the history of art.

Advance tickets and information: 0131 556 5100

The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: The Renaissance
25 April - 26 October 2008

The highly-acclaimed exhibition of Italian art in the Royal Collection comes to Edinburgh in two parts. Part one brings together some of the finest paintings and drawings by many of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. The exhibition also celebrates the artistic legacy of the Stuart kings, Charles I and his son Charles II, whose taste profoundly influenced the character of the British Royal Collection today. It includes Agnolo Bronzino’s Portrait of a Lady in Green, Parmigianino’s Pallas Athene and Lorenzo Lotto’s Portrait of Andrea Odoni. These will be shown alongside remarkable drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.

Advance tickets and information: 0131 556 5100

The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: The Baroque
13 November 2008 - 8 March 2009

The drama of the Baroque comes to Edinburgh in part two of The Art of Italy, which focuses on the 17th century. Among the masterpieces on show will be The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew, recently revealed as one of only 50 surviving works by the Italian master Caravaggio. Other highlights include Annibale Carracci’s Allegory of Truth and Time, Orazio Gentileschi’s Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, Cristofano Allori’s Judith with the Head of Holofernes and drawings by artists such as Guido Reni, Guercino and Bernini.

Advance tickets and information: 0131 556 5100

 


 

The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle

 

Royal Weddings 1840 – 1947: From Queen Victoria to
Queen Elizabeth II

Until 11 May 2008

This exhibition presents the public and personal stories of five royal weddings through photographs and documents from the Royal Archives, rare memorabilia and charming personal gifts exchanged by members of the Royal Family. Among the many fascinating items on display are original pieces of wedding cake and the orange-blossom brooch designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria during their engagement.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7304

HRH The Prince of Wales: An Exhibition to Celebrate his 60th Birthday
16 May 2008 – 22 February 2009

Selected from the Royal Collection and from His Royal Highness’s personal archive, the exhibition illustrates key moments in The Prince’s life and reflects his many interests, particularly music, theatre and the arts. Family photographs, favourite books and childhood memorabilia are shown alongside The Prince of Wales’s spectacular Investiture coronet and a small group of watercolours painted by His Royal Highness.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7304

Further information and photographs are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, 020 7839 1377, press@royalcollection.org.uk. Images are also available from the Royal Collection’s folder in the ‘Companies Available’ section on PA’s Picselect at www.picselect.com or through the PA bulletin board.

 

Date: 
Wednesday, 12 December 2007