A Courtly Catwalk ITudor and Stuart Costume Pieces 1550 - 1620 14 May - 30 Oct 2020 Costumes can be as expressive, if not more so, than their wearers. The history of fashion brings the past alive in a way that pure historical fact cannot. Fashion quite literally ‘dresses’ the key figures of our past, providing the ‘portraits’ of our ancestors we require in our mind’s eye...
A Courtly Catwalk IIContinental Costume Pieces 1620 - 1680 8 Jun - 30 Oct 2020 Costumes can be as expressive, if not more so, than their wearers… Never was this more true than with the rise of the ‘Baroque’ movement in Europe - that exuberantly Catholic aesthetic which came to define the general 17th century taste for ‘more’. Baroque style in costume was flamboyant: with...
TENDER MOMENTSChildren in Old Master Portraits 2 - 31 Jul 2020 Child portraiture sometimes runs the risk of being too cloying and sentimental. Yet in old master painting, there is an added poignancy when one considers that all too often these children wouldn't survive to adulthood. Lineage and dynastic aspiration took on a special significance.
These child portraits, loaded with parental hopes and dreams, now more than ever have a relevance today as we wonder what lies in store for the next generation.
This viewing room will explain the sometimes complex symbolism embedded within portraits of young children, analyse the intricate costumes they wore, and comment on the timeless qualities represented within these tender likenesses.
Old Masters | New CollectorsAn online exhibition curated with new collectors of master paintings in mind 17 Mar - 17 Apr 2020 We offer a range of old master portraits with collectors new to the area in mind. From 16th century English portraits of merchants to an 18th century pastel of youthful...