Tickets for Royal Collection Trust’s 2013 exhibition programme are now on sale. The exhibitions showcase different aspects of the Royal Collection, one of the world’s largest and most important art collections, and reflect the Collection’s extraordinary diversity. Highlights include the work of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, among the most innovative artists of the Baroque, and an exhibition celebrating the sumptuous costume of Tudor and Stuart monarchs and their courtiers. Tickets are available to purchase online, by telephone, +44 (0)20 7766 7300, and on site.
The 2013 programme includes:
Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse (8 March – 21 July 2013). The exhibition documents the Prince of Wales’s 1862 educational tour of the Middle East through the work of Francis Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It examines the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today.
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (10 May – 6 October 2013). Through the painted portrait the exhibition shows how the costume of British monarchs and their court carried meaning and conveyed important messages about wealth, social position, marital status and even religion. It follows the changing fashions of the 16th and 17th centuries, the spread of styles internationally and the role of artists as stylists.
The Genius of Castiglione at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (1 November 2013 – 16 March 2014). This exhibition explores the work of one of the great artists of the Baroque, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Despite leading a violent and turbulent life, Castiglione produced works of grace and rare beauty, which were highly esteemed for a century after his death. Castiglione unaccountably fell from fame in the modern era. The Royal Collection holds the finest surviving group of the artist’s work.
High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson at 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, The exhibition presents life at the turn of the 19th century through the eyes of one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England.