Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons From London’s National Portrait Gallery

Sat 12th March, 2022 – Sun 17th July, 2022
10:00am – 5:00pm
National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Price: $25
An iconic collection of classic British portraiture is coming to Canberra.

The British are coming… to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Paintings of some of the best-known and loved Britons, ranging from David Bowie and Kate Moss to Mick Jagger and The Beatles – plus iconic historical figures including Dickens, Lord Nelson and Queen Elizabeth I and II – will be travelling to Canberra for the exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Running from March 12 to July 17, the show is a rare chance to see over eighty treasures from London’s National Portrait Gallery, exclusively visiting our shores while the famous London gallery undertakes its largest refurbishment since 1896.

Focused on six themes of fame, power, love and loss, identity, innovation, and self, the exhibition is designed to show how defining characteristics of portraiture have been reinterpreted and reimagined by artists across time, whether they’re tackling Sir Issac Newton or Ed Sheeran.

Many of the portraits come with striking backstories, including a painting of the Brontë sisters which was thought lost before being found folded up on top of a cupboard in 1914, and an iconic portrait of Shakespeare believed to be the only one the playwright sat for during his lifetime.

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