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Artworks from the Royal Collection at Vancouver Art Gallery

David Dawson’s “The Queen sits for Lucian Freud,” 2001; c-type print, Royal Collection Trust
(Photo: © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017)

An ongoing exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases an outstanding group of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture from The Royal Collection. The 90 stunning exhibits showcased at “Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection,” highlights the richness of the Royal Collection and strong relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists for the last three-and-half centuries.

The role of art has been pivotal to the history of monarchy — art is used to define the image of the ruler, and to reinforce their power, wealth and taste.  The employment and collection of artworks, both British and European, was helmed by King Charles I and followed by succeeding British monarchs.

The growing respect for artists led to the collecting of artist’s self-portraits and images of artists both at work and play. The portraits and self-portraits of artists offer an excellent insight into the way artists perceived themselves and of their position in society.

“Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection” showcases a diverse range of works by historical as well as contemporary artists such as Julia Margaret CameronAnnibale Carracci, Mary Knowles, Joshua Reynolds and Lucian Freud.

Highlights of the exhibit include “The Connoisseurs: Portrait of the Artist with Two Dogs, 1865,” a remarkable self-portrait by Sir Edwin Landseer, a sculpture by Sarah Bernhardt, where the artist presents herself as a mythological creature, “A Self-Portrait as a Chimera,” 1880, and Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura),” c. 1638-39, one of the most iconic paintings of 17th century Italy.

The Royal Collection is one of the most valuable collections of art in the world. The collection, created over centuries by successive British monarchs, and continued today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, encompasses an exceptional range of objects and works of art.

“Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection” runs through February 4, 2018, at Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.