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Tudor & Jacobean Portraits cover

Tudor & Jacobean Portraits

This richly illustrated book presents a selection of the some of the most famous and popular pictures that hang in the Tudor and Jacobean galleries of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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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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Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

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Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

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