Celebrating The Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee, this touring exhibition explores the changing face of monarchy.
Described by the Director of the National Portrait Gallery as 'the most portrayed person in British history', Queen Elizabeth II has been represented in works that range from formal, official portraits and photographs to unofficial paintings by Warhol, Gilbert and George and Jamie Reid. Few other subjects connect the work of Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter. As well as being a celebration of monarchy, The Queen: Art and Image is a journey through the art of portraiture itself.
Spanning the 60 years of The Queen's reign, the exhibition will document the changing perception and value of monarchy and its relationship to our social history. Engaging with events and issues such as the miners' strike, the death of Princess Diana and the changing role of the press, the paintings in the exhibition will be supplemented by newspaper cuttings and news footage, as well as stamps and commemorative ephemera.