Celebrating 60 years of Queen’s reign, the Queen: Art and Image at National Portrait Gallery showcases portraits of the monarch in the year 2012. The exhibition at National Portrait Gallery takes place from 17th May to 21st October 2012. To mark the occasion, the gallery displays her profile on stamps and coins. See the images of the Queen which have been captured on various occasions and sittings. The main objective of the exhibition is to represent the Queen and her life during her lengthy reign.
The Queen exhibits 60 different works, depicting each year of her reign. From painted portraits to official photos and press images, the collection gives visitors an opportunity to view the changes in the Queen over the years of her reign. Works of artists like Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter are exhibited in the gallery.
However, the main attraction of the exhibition is the portrait of the Queen which is shown in 3D by the light expert Chris Levine. This wonderful work which is called “Entitled Lightness of Being” depicts the Queen, wearing her crown and fur-trimmed robe, in a formal setting. Apart from the lovely collection of the Queen’s portrait, you can also explore archival material, featuring both film footage and postage stamps.
The Queen: Art and Image at National Portrait Gallery is sure to attract a multitude of visitors. It is, therefore, a wise act to buy tickets in advance. Take the opportunity to explore the life of the Queen and her lengthy reign.