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Lecture: Jonathan Jones on the Top Ten British Portraits of all Time

20 September 2019, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII
by Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1536-1537
NPG 4027

British art has a passion for portraiture that threads through its history in a procession of remarkable people - and animals. Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones shows in his new book Sensations: The Story of Art from Hogarth to Banksy, how the national obsession with the portrait reflects philosophical ideas as well as quirky individualism. In this talk he will not only introduce his new history of the nation’s art but unveil the ten greatest British portraits from Holbein’s Henry VIII in the National Portrait Gallery to some unexpected modern masterpieces.

Jonathan Jones is the art critic for The Guardian newspaper. He was on the jury for the 2009 Turner Prize and is the author of Sensations: The Story of Art from Hogarth to Banksy, The Loves of the Artists: Art and Passion in the Renaissance and The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 8 August 2019.

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