Tarnya Cooper discusses key surviving works, including those of Henry VIII, Katherine Parr, Walter Ralegh, Elizabeth I and James I. She explains why portraiture thrived during this period and why, with the declining demand for religious paintings in Northern Europe, emigrant artists such as Hans Holbein the Younger came to England to seek a new market.
An introduction to Victorian and Edwardian portraits selected by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust. From the revolutionary ideas of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the mid-nineteenth century to outstanding society portraits of the early twentieth century, this guide encompasses the invention of photography, large narrative paintings and popular prints depicting events, royalty, statesmen, soldiers, scientists, actors and writers.
An introductory guide to contemporary portraiture through the prism of the National Portrait Gallery, London. The Gallery’s Director and Contemporary Curator discuss key works from the collection and invite readers to consider recent developments in portraiture as well as what is involved in commissioning and making a portrait in the twenty-first century.