Presented by Tarnya Cooper, curatorial and collections director, the National Trust, United Kingdom

Why did royal portraits matter? How did artists develop their composition to make a great royal portrait? From the strikingly powerful emblems of the Tudors to family images of Queen Victoria and glamorous images of the young Queen Elizabeth II, the stability of the British monarchy has owed much to the art of visual representation and power of portraiture.

This lecture inspired by Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol looks at how definitive royal images were developed and popularized to British subjects—and, ultimately, across the world. Hear stories behind the creation of royal images and find out why they’ve remained popular in the public imagination. 

About the Speaker
Tarnya Cooper was curatorial director at the National Portrait Gallery in London. An art historian who has specialized in Tudor and Jacobean portraiture, she is published widely in this area, including the books Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales and Painting in Britain 1500–1630. She edited the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol catalogue and helped select works for the exhibition.

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