Vibrant portraits of British queens to be featured in Platinum Anniversary Exhibition

Written Amarachi Ori, CNN

A showcase of portraits of the queens who ruled Britain will be featured in a month-long program of exhibitions, events and auctions dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee.

The London exhibition of portraits borrowed from country houses across the United Kingdom will feature images of seven queens, from the great Tudors, the dynasty that first brought the art of painting to the fore, to the present day. royalties, the auction house Sotheby’s said.

The iconic Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, created to commemorate the failed Spanish Armada invasion of England in 1588, is from the collection of Woburn Abbey and will head the showcase along with Andy Warhol’s 1985 portrait of Reigning Queens. Warhol’s image is a vivid interpretation of an official photographic portrait taken in the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

The exhibition, which will run from May 28 to June 15, will also feature portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Queen Anne, Mary I and Mary II, taken from aristocratic and other British collections, according to Sotheby’s.

Portrait of Andy Warhol “Reigning Queens” 1985. Credit: Courtesy of Sotheby’s

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in June is a historic cultural moment celebrating her 70th birthday on the throne.

In addition to showing royal portraits, Sotheby’s will mark the occasion with specially curated displays of rare aristocratic jewelry and tiaras, as well as books and manuscripts of royal origin.

“The UK has long been known for its creativity and the Queen has been at the helm throughout her reign – both as the custodian of a world-class collection and as an inspiration to artists, designers and more,” MP Frances Christie said. chairman of Sotheby’s UK and Ireland, in a press release.

“This year, Her Majesty will be the first British monarch to celebrate her seventieth year of service and this is the perfect opportunity for Sotheby’s, with our unique position at the helm of both art and luxury, to celebrate creativity in all its forms – art, music. , literature, food, fashion and performing arts.

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by British artist Chris Levine. "Lightness of Being."

British artist Chris Levine created a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II called “The Lightness of Being”. Credit: Courtesy of Sotheby’s

According to Sotheby’s, the program of events will also include talks, debates and musical drama performances on the topics of art and creativity, history, youth and the future.

There will be a sale, which the auction house called “the very best of British art.” British Art: Anniversary Auction will take place on June 29 and will feature new work by the Queen donated by Chris Levine.

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