Queen Elizabeth II by Annie Leibovitz, 2007. Courtesy of the artist.

A major new international exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from London’s revered National Portrait Gallery, will be on show from the 16 March at the Bendigo Art Gallery, many of which have never been seen outside the United Kingdom.

Bendigo Art Gallery is hosting the new exhibition, Tudors to Windsors, which contains more than 150 treasures from London’s revered National Portrait Gallery from the 16 March to 14 July 2019.

The exhibition traces the history of the British monarchy and presents some of the most significant royal portraits from the sixteenth century to the present day. Offering the extraordinary opportunity to come face-to-face with the historic figures of British royalty, the exhibition explores the story of Britain's monarchy through the masterworks of painting, sculpture and photography.

Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits will explore five royal dynasties: the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors; shedding light on key figures and important historical moments. Among the many works on view will be portraits of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King George III, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Queen Elizabeth I (The 'Ditchley' portrait) By Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, c.1592 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

The exhibition also offers insights into the development of British art including works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Liebovitz.

Bendigo Art Gallery has successfully secured these works of historic fashion and personal effects, in order to bring these royal figures to life, and these will be featured alongside these magnificent and imposing portraits.

See the fascinating Tudors to Windsors at the Bendigo Art Gallery before it ends this July!


Dates: 16 March to 14 July 2019

Location: Bendigo Art Gallery

Times: 10 - 5pm daily

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