The Portrait Explorer, located on the National Portrait Gallery’s ground floor mezzanine, provides visitors with touchscreen access to over 41,000 sitters and artists and 65,000 portraits in the Gallery’s Collections.
- obtain information about sitters and artists
- explore sitters and artists according to profession and other groupings
- explore portraits by subject and theme
- view related portraits and contextual material
- view a selection of video interviews with artists and sitters
- delve into interactive features providing insights into selected portraits
- magnify images to examine details and technique
- discover who's who in a group portrait
- create personalised tours of portraits on display
- obtain free black-and-white prints for most portraits
- read transcriptions of documents relating to specific portraits
- use timelines to explore historical periods
- search for recent acquisitions
- filter search results by gender, era and medium type
The Gallery developed the Portrait Explorer in partnership with Cogapp, a Brighton-based design and production company working with online and interactive media, with a 20-year track record of collaboration with museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery and British Museum in London.
Site-specific versions of the Portrait Explorer are accessible at the Gallery’s 3 regional partnerships: Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire, Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales and Montacute House in Somerset.
Versions of the Portrait Explorer – focussing on the Regency period – are in the Weldon Galleries (Rooms 17 and 20), and versions occasionally tour with exhibitions.
For more detailed information see the Guide to the Portrait Explorer.