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‘The Queen: Art and Image’ exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery

 

‘The Queen: Art and Image’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is now London after touring the UK since June last year.  Previously exhibiting at The National Gallery complex in Edinburgh and The National Museums in Northern Ireland and Cardiff , this is a well viewed exhibition which should not be missed.  As we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, these works represent the Queen’s 60 years in reign with 60 portraits.

One of the highlights is the new addition of the 2011 piece commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery of The Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor castle which will be on display for the first time.

In addition to this Pietro Annigoni’s 1954-5 painting of the Queen is on public display for the first time in 26 years.  Since it was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1955 the painting has only been loaned twice by its owners the Fishmonger’s company.

This exhibition is not just exceptional to official pieces.  Instead, it also includes contemporary works with artists such as Andy Warhol.  Warhol’s works explores familiar ideas of advertising and mass production with the repetition of the printed image on a sheet of stamps which is on display.  Other contemporary works by artists such as Lucian Freud and Annie Leibovitz are also exhibiting.

 

The contrast between the official and the contemporary allows visitors to visually explore the creation of Queen Elizabeth’s public persona, and the way such images reveal a world of changing ideas and values.

Visit the official website for The National Portrait Gallery at : http://www.npg.org.uk/

Exhibition details:-

When: From 17th May – 21st October 2012

Where: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Time: Daily 10am – 6pm, Fri until 9pm

Admission: £6; concessions £5-£5.50

 


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