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1 février 2020

'British Baroque: Power and Illusion' at Tate Britain, London


Antonio Verrio, The Sea Triumph of Charles II, c.1674, The Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

LONDONThis is the first time that Tate has staged a show devoted to the later 17th century and the first to explore baroque art in Britain. It will be a chance to encounter a rich, sophisticated but overlooked era of art history. Many of the works will be on display for the first time - some borrowed from the stately homes they have hung in since they were made.

From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of momentous change for Britain. From the royal court as the brilliant epicentre of the nation’s cultural life to the rise of party politics, the exhibition will look at the magnificence of art and architecture as an expression of status and influence.

This exhibition will include the work of the leading painters of the day – including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill. It will celebrate grand-scale portraiture, the wonder and artifice of trompe l’oeil, the emotional persuasion of religious spaces and the awe-inspiring impact of baroque mural painting. Throughout, the show will consider the use of art to convey power, however distant the illusion sometimes was from reality.

4 February - 19 April 2020


Sir Peter Lely, Two Ladies of the Lake Family, c.1660. © Tate. 


Samuel Cooper, Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond, c.1663-1664, The Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019


Sir Peter Lely, Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland with her son, probably Charles Fitzroy, as the Virgin and Child, c.1664© National Portrait Gallery.


Sir Peter Lely, Girl with a Parrot, c.1670. © Tate.


Sir Godfrey Kneller, Elijah and the Angel, 1672. © Tate.


Sir Peter Lely, Elizabeth, Countess of Kildare, c.1679. © Tate.


Willem Wissing, Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark, c. 1685. © National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.


Benedetto Gennari, The Annunciation, 1686. © Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida.


Honoré Pelle, Charles II, 1694. © Victoria and Albert Museum.


John Closterman, The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park, 1696. © National Portrait Gallery, London​​.

Sir Godfrey Kneller Matthew Prior 1700 Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Matthew Prior, 1700© Trinity College, University of Cambridge.


Michael Dahl, Queen Anne, c.1702 © National Portrait Gallery, London.


Louis Laguerre, The Creation of Pandora (design for the staircase ceiling at Petworth House), 1702. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Sir Godfrey Kneller, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, c.1706© National Portrait Gallery, London.


Sir James Thornhill, The Apotheosis of Romulus: Sketch for a Ceiling Decoration, Possibly for Hewell Grange, Worcestershire, c.1710. © Tate.