As the National Portrait Gallery, London undergoes its most comprehensive renovation in 125 years, Australia’s art lovers are in for a treat as we take care and display of over 80 treasures from their collection.
As part of your experience you can watch NPG staff speaking on their favourite works of art. Working in the digital department of the gallery, Robert admires the sculptural portrait of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Lucie speaks about the portrait of Mary Neville and Gregory Fiennes painted in 1559 which is the oldest work in the show and Kate is moved by the unrequited love story of Sir Walter Raleigh. For a longer educational format, listen to Curator Joanna Gilmour in conversation about the exhibition and works of note.
Of course we have the famous faces but one must not overlook the artists behind the creation as there are some ‘big names’ in there too; Marlene Dumas paints Amy Winehouse, Shirin Neshat depicts Malala Yousafzai, Andy Warhol showcases Joan Collins, John Constable and David Hockney and Lucian Freud opt for a self-portrait among many other incredible renderings.
You’ll also spot Charles Darwin, Emily Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters, David Beckham, Nelson Mandela, David Bowie and Ed Sheeran in a line-up that aims to explore fame, power, love, loss, innovation and inspirational lives and legacies.
Until Sunday 17 July at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.