Talk: Power and the Tudor Portrait

In this lecture, Jennifer Scott, Assistant Curator and Loans Officer (Paintings) at the Royal Collection, will consider paintings from the collection to assess the extent to which images – particularly portraits – were manipulated for political effect.

She examines works from the time of the Tudor dynasty’s founder, Henry VII, to the flourishing of English cultural life during the reign of Elizabeth I, to discover what they tell us about the rulers who commissioned them, and the historical context in which they were created.

One great example of the impact of Tudor imagery is the powerful portrait of Henry VIII in Holbein’s Whitehall Mural: a contemporary visitor to the Palace of Whitehall recorded feeling ‘annihilated’ when in its presence.

Booking information: please call 0870 050 3688. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

10 Thursday 22 January, 2.30pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)