An iconic portrait of Richard III is returning to Yorkshire and forming part of a major local exhibition, exploring the life of the last king of the Plantagenet dynasty.
The late 16th-century portrait by an unknown artist has become synonymous with the image of Richard III. The work is being placed in Yorkshire Museum’s collection as part of the National Gallery’s COMING HOME project, which reunites portraits of historic figures with museums in locations they have a close connection to.
Forming the centrepiece of this new exhibition, the portrait will sit alongside a collection of other works of art, objects and artefacts associated with Richard III. Particular highlights on display include the exquisite Middleham Jewel: a gold and sapphire pendant from the late 15th century, the Ryther Hoard: a collection of over 800 silver coins, and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge: a rare badge worn by one of the king’s supporters.
This exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.