Guides

A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits

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.

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A Guide to Contemporary Portraits

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.

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