The Queen: Art and Image

Past beyond the gallery archive
25 June - 18 September 2011

National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh

  • Touring exhibition



Queen Elizabeth II, by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by  Beatrice Johnson, 1952 - NPG  - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II
by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson
1952
NPG x125105

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the National Portrait Gallery is staging an innovative touring exhibition bringing together sixty of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth II. This will be the first National Portrait Gallery exhibition to tour to British venues before being shown in London, opening in Edinburgh in June, Belfast in October and Cardiff and London in 2012. 

The exhibition includes formal painted portraits, official photographs, press images and works by contemporary artists and explores the evolution of the way The Queen has been portrayed during the sixty years of her reign.  Artists and photographers include Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter and their works are accompanied by archival material – from film footage to postage stamps.

Lightness of Being by Chris Levine, 2004 - © Chris Levine trice Johnson 1952 NPG x125105

Lightness of Being
by Chris Levine, 2007
© Chris Levine

The Queen: Art and Image celebrates and explores the startling range of artistic creativity and media-derived imagery that the Queen has inspired. It also probes the relation of this imagery to a world of changing values during a reign that has engaged the attention of millions.

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