Lunchtime Lecture: Exquisite Objects: Dressed to Impress in the age of Hilliard and Shakespeare

4 April 2019, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Anne of Denmark
by Isaac Oliver
circa 1612
NPG 4010

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Portrait miniatures not only depict dress in exquisite detail but were part of the courtier’s armoury as he or she dressed to impress. Often mounted with precious jewels, they became objects of desire whether held in the hand or worn on the body. Dress historian Jacqui Ansell decodes costume depicted by Hilliard, Oliver and their contemporaries, contextualising miniature portraiture within the complex visual culture of the Elizabethan and Stuart courts.

Jacqui Ansell is a Senior Lecturer at Christie’s Education, tutoring online and face-to-face courses. She read History of Art and Theory at the University of Essex before going on to gain an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute under Professor Aileen Ribeiro.  Formerly an Education Officer at the National Gallery, London, and a tutor and writer for the Open University, she lectures for the Art Society and has devised and delivered many short courses on fashion in fine art for the National Gallery and Wallace Collections. Specialist research focuses on Court Dress, Grand Tour portraiture and Welsh Costume, as well as decoding dress in art to date portraits, and decipher meanings.

Part of the programme of events complementing Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver.