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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisWeek

Picasso Portraits

Picasso Portraits

6 October 2016 - 5 February 2017
Wolfson Gallery

Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

17 November 2016 - 26 February 2017
Porter Gallery

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Events (10)

10 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

Portrait of the Day: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

  • Talks and Lectures

5 December 2016, 12:30
Room 17
Free

A woman of tact and discretion, Mrs Fitzherbert was one of the great beauties of her day.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Portrait of the Day: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

  • Talks and Lectures

6 December 2016, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Charlotte first met George III on 8 September 1761 and was married to him that evening. George III and Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. She was distressed by her husband's bouts of physical illness and insanity, which became permanent in later life and resulted in their eldest son being appointed Prince Regent in 1811.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day:  Caroline of Brunswick

Portrait of the Day: Caroline of Brunswick

  • Talks and Lectures

7 December 2016, 12:30
Room 17
Free

Married to George, Prince of Wales in 1795, he abandoned her after the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte. Caroline repaid her husband by leading a life of supposedly bawdy behaviour.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

Portrait of the Day: Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

  • Talks and Lectures

8 December 2016, 12:30
Room 2
Free

Courtier and influential favourite of Elizabeth I, he was the Queen's only serious English suitor.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
8 December 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Ben Osborne plays an electronic set, from classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house, to deep down and dirty disco.

Lecture: Picasso's Portraiture: Wrestling with the Masters

Lecture: Picasso's Portraiture: Wrestling with the Masters

A part of Late Shift
8 December 2016, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Picasso's portraits involved the purposeful imitation, manipulation and often travesty of the conventions of Western portraiture. Curator Elizabeth Cowling focuses on particular cases in different styles and at different periods from the artist's long career.

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood"

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood"

  • Talks and Lectures

9 December 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Simmons began her professional career as a dancer. After early notable acting performances in Britain for David Lean, and Lawrence Olivier she made the journey to Hollywood.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
9 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Marc Woodhead for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Royal College of Music

Live Music: Royal College of Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
9 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

Composers from the RCM respond to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.

Portrait of the Day: Caroline of Brunswick

Portrait of the Day: Caroline of Brunswick

  • Talks and Lectures

10 December 2016, 12:30
Room 17
Free

Married to George, Prince of Wales in 1795, he abandoned her after the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte. Caroline repaid her husband by leading a life of supposedly bawdy behaviour.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Displays (11)

11 displays matching the date thisWeek

Spotlight

Spotlight

6 September - 11 December 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight forms part of Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 and includes works of dancer Ram Gopal.

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February - 31 December 2016
Room 3
Free

This small display of paintings and miniatures explores the collars and ruffs that were such a striking feature of sixteenth and seventeenth century dress. Their design and scale changed continually over the period, with each decade heralding a new fashion that allowed sitters to demonstrate their wealth and style.

Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain

Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain

16 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
Room 5
Free

The National Portrait Gallery has the best collection of early British self-portraits in the world. This display, the second of three to be held at the Gallery as part of the tour of the recently acquired Van Dyck self-portrait, considers the painting in the context of this fascinating collection. It includes the earliest oil self-portrait painted in Britain, as well as works by Isaac Oliver, Sir Peter Lely and Mary Beale. A highlight will be the striking self-portrait by William Dobson, on loan from a private collection, which hung as a pair with the Van Dyck portrait for 300 years.

Organised with support from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

4 October 2016 - 26 March 2017
Room 16
Free

A display of portraits of sitters wearing glasses made and selected by the internationally renowned Belgian painter Luc Tuymans.

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

18 May - 11 December 2016
Room 23, 31 and 33
Free

Black Chronicles brings together over thirty photographs which present a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences. Developed in collaboration with Autograph ABP, this intervention includes some of the earliest photographs from the Gallery’s Collection alongside rediscovered photographs from the Hulton Archive. These portraits highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of West Indians to the UK.

Part of Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

27 August 2016 - 2 July 2017
Room 24: case display
Free

This display surveys the depiction and transmission of celebrity through print, highlighting the skill of printmakers who portrayed the ingenuity of the London stage.

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

6 September 2015 - 4 June 2017
Room 25: case display
Free

Offering a glimpse of William Gladstone’s legendary performances in parliament, this display focuses on the sketches of the politician made by the artists employed to document parliamentary proceedings for the illustrated press.
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 1 October 2017
Room 29
Free

From October 2016 the Gallery will celebrate photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection.

Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

21 June 2016 - 5 February 2017
Room 31: case display
Free

This display marks one hundred years since the introduction of conscription by Herbert Asquith's government, in March 1916.

Speak its Name!

Speak its Name!

22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 32
Free

This display celebrates the advances in gay rights in Britain over the past half century and features portraits accompanied by quotations from the sitters discussing their own experience of ‘coming out’. These range from coming out to friends and family, to wanting to be honest to an audience of fans and media.
Antony Gormley – OBJECT

Antony Gormley – OBJECT

7 September 2016 - 21 May 2017
Room 32
Free

Antony Gormley – OBJECT comprises a cast-iron life-size sculpture cast from the artist’s body suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing main hall alongside Fall, a selection of drawings depicting a solitary figure occupying a void.

Beyond the Gallery (1)

1 event matching the date thisWeek

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Touring exhibition

26 November 2016 - 26 March 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Free

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.