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Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

Science and the Arts in the 17th Century

Room 6Although the seventeenth century was a period of huge civil and political disruption, it was also a time of great achievements in science and the arts. The portraits in this room include those of writers, scientists, painters and patrons from throughout the century. Distinctions between fields were not drawn in the same way at this period as they are today, and many of the sitters in these portraits were involved in both artistic and scientific activities.

Room introduction

See also: Room 6: miniature case

15 portraits on display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery