Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection presents a remarkable group of works of art highlighting both the enormous richness of The Royal Collection and the complex and deep relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists for the last three and half centuries.
The Royal Collection is one of most important and richest collections of art in the world. Built over centuries by successive British monarchs, including the greatest collectors, Charles I and George IV, and continued today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the collection includes a remarkable range of objects and works of art. Central to the history of the monarchy has been the role of art, both to define the image of the monarch and to confirm their power, wealth and taste.
Since the Renaissance, artists have claimed an increasingly central role in visual culture and emerged as individual and identifiable entities. The Royal Collection includes a large group of images of artists – self-portraits, portraits – and images of artists both at work and playing a role. The exhibition is presented by kind permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator – Historical.