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The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics is a special exhibition at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, still on for a week or so. I went to see it and loved it. I picked 15 pictures as highlights from the exhibition, some are just beautiful details from paintings because that was what I loved most about this exhibition.

On display there were paintings of all the Tudors, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I and also included portraits of Mary Queen of Scots, Philip of Spain, Lady Jane Gray, and courtiers. There were many portraits of Elizabeth I including the best known ones: Armada, Pelican, Darnley, Ditchley. It was a fantastic exhibition and I loved the book associated with it, as I bought it and reviewed it today on my book blog. Enjoy the pictures!

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  1. I too, am amazed at the detailing on those gloves, the craftsmanship is outstanding.

    I often find that ‘classic’ art can often be quite depressing and austere in its general lack of colour, and sometimes the bodily proportions of sitters may not always be quite right. However detailing on clothing, especially lace and Elizabethan ruffs, will almost mesmerise me and I can spend ages admiring the individual brushstrokes of a painting.

    A great exhibition 🙂

    1. It’s amazing that they survived for centuries too. I looked at them for a couple of minutes, so wonderful to see the details.
      The ruffs and details on clothing is beautiful to see up close. There were not railings, so we could get close to the paintings to see them properly. Loved it!

  2. Much as I love the Tudors, my real passion is the Plantagenet dynasty, which I think is so much more interesting. I wish people would focus on them for a change! But this is a wonderful exhibition, Anca, and my favourite image is the gloves. They are just incredible – I read your reply to a previous comment, which was so interesting!

    1. The detail of the toes are from the Ditchley portrait. I studied the paintings for an exam (only 1 question out of 3 was about portraiture) and enjoyed the topic very much.

      I loved the gloves, their designs could have a special meaning, like a memento mori in remembrance of someone they lost. It’s the same with the portrait pictured above the gloves, she was dead when the painting was made, hence her face is concealed by the branch.

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