The Queen: Art and Image
- The Society of Antiquaries of London |
- Lecture |
- Tuesday, 18 October 2011 - 14:30 until 15:30
Dorothy Wilding, Queen Elizabeth II, 1952
© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London
Since her accession in 1952, the Queen has been exposed to relentless visual scrutiny. Paul Moorhouse, curator of The Queen: Art and Image, explores the development of the Queen's image during the course of her reign.
He considers the role of formal painted portraits, studio photographs, the mass media and the responses of contemporary artists in influencing the way the Queen has been perceived.
He argues that such images are much more than a fascinating biographical record, and that they provide vital insights into radical changes in social attitudes and artistic values.