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Lunchtime Lecture: Six Wives and their Wardrobes: Power Dressing at the Court of Henry VIII

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18 June 2020, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Katherine Parr
attributed to Master John
circa 1545
NPG 4451

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.

The six wives of Henry VIII have (perhaps more than any women in history) been defined in terms of their husband. Taking her cue from the highly successful show 'SIX the Musical', art historian Jacqui Ansell will turn the spotlight on each woman to explore the ways in which their stories have been told on stage and screen. Jacqui will decode the dynamics of dress at the Tudor court, drawing upon contemporary depictions and descriptions with a particular focus on the work of great artist Hans Holbein.

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.