Elizabethan Treasures is a major new exhibition devoted entirely to Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures created by two masters of the period: Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver.
During the 16th and 17th-century the English excelled at miniature painting, and Hilliard and Oliver gained international fame and admiration.
This exhibition brings together many of their most exquisite images, revealing much about society and culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Highlights include portraits of Elizabeth I, James I, Elizabeth and Charles (later Charles I), and the famous portraits of Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake.
Craig’s review of National Portrait Gallery – “The National Portrait Gallery is probably my favourite gallery in London because it appeals to history lovers as well as art lovers. It's all about the sitters, not the painters. Admire the people, not the paintings. But that's not to say that the paintings aren't good, because they are -- they still have pieces by Hockney and Holbein, etc. -- but if they need a pictu… continued”
Martin Parr — Only Human – 7 Mar to 27 May 2019 – An exhibition by one of Britain's best-known photographers - Martin Parr - revealing what Britons are like following the EU referendum
Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory – 23 Jan to 6 May 2019 – Tate Modern will be putting on a major new exhibition of work by the master of colour and composition, Pierre Bonnard
Bill Viola and Michelangelo – 26 Jan to 31 Mar 2019 – This exhibition compares the work of two very different artists: the peerless Michelangelo, and the video artist Bill Viola.
The photographs of Don McCullin – 5 Feb to 6 May 2019 – An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin, showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland.
Franz West at the Tate Modern – 20 Feb to 2 Jun 2019 – This retrospective will showcase some large-scale works and sculptures by Franz West - one of the leading figures in European art
Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy – 23 Feb to 23 Jun 2019 – The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlow's large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery
Dorothea Tanning retrospective – 27 Feb to 9 Jun 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition that looks back over the long career of surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning
Find more art exhibitions in February
If you enjoy National Portrait Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Piccadilly Circus), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)
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