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London

National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Picturing History: A portrait set of early kings and queens
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom


July 19th, 2011 - December 4th, 2011
 
King William I (\'The Conqueror\'), King William I ('The Conqueror'),
1590-1610
© Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery
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A set of sixteen panel portraits was recently examined as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project. Portrait sets, particularly of English kings and queens, became popular in the second half of the sixteenth century. They were probably displayed high up in long galleries, halls and parlours, and acted as visual history lessons. Many of the surviving portraits from the late sixteenth century were most likely originally produced to be part of a set. Workshops were able to produce multiple copies, sometimes to order, using established portrait patterns from various sources. However, few sets have survived intact and technical analysis of the National Portrait Gallery set using techniques such as dendrochronology is providing fascinating insight into the way in which such sets were brought together.

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