Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
High teas, rustic food, grand hotels and sweeping plains – Bendigo already has the hallmarks of a regal getaway. This year it’s taking things up a notch with a new blockbuster exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, which traces the history of the British monarchy through the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
This sprawling exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery features more than 150 priceless artifacts from the National Portrait Gallery, many of which have never before left England.
Alongside portraits of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King George III, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, there’ll be clothing, sculptures, photography and more reflecting on major events in British and world history. Visitors will also be able to view pieces such as the armour of 12-year-old Henry VI (who reigned in the 15th century), a tiny dress that belonged to Queen Victoria (who was just 150 centimeters tall) and an outfit Princess Diana wore when she visited Australia.
Bendigo Art Gallery is one of only two destinations invited by the National Portrait Gallery to present for this exhibition (the other is The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). One of Australia’s largest regional galleries, it’s delivered a series of outstanding international exhibitions over the last decade, including Grace Kelly: Style Icon, Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox Present Marilyn Monroe, Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion and The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece.
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