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Venue: Buckingham Palace South Front, Buckingham Gate, London SW1A 1AA.
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Access: 10am-5.30pm until 22 July; 10am-6pm 23 July-3 October 2011. Thereafter 10am-5.30pm. Closed 10-20 October , 25-26 December 2011.
Tickets: £9.25, (Concessions). Prebooking online advised. Take advantage of special online prices for 'A Royal Day Out' an omnibus ticket giving access to the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews; or One Year Pass. Otherwise buy on day of visit at the Palace Ticket Office. Entry free with London Pass.
London Transport: Nearest Tube: Victoria Rail Terminal; Hyde Park Corner; Green Park.
This magnificently appointed gallery the west front of Buckingham Palace was originally designed by architect John Nash as the palace conservatory but converted by Queen Victoria into the palace chapel. It was seriously damaged by one of 16 high explosive bombs landing in Buckingham Palace and the grounds during the London blitz of 1940 when the German Luftwaffe unsuccessfully attempted to demolish the Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. Now beautifully restored and refurbished into a handsome Art Gallery, it provides display space for some of the choicest pieces from the Royal Collection. A remarkable and wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture and artifacts acquired by the monarchy over 500 years and held in trust for the nation are on permanent display here.
Additional exhibitions to complement this display are mounted each year. Current and forthcoming scheduled exhibitions for 2011 and 2012 are:
The Northern Renaissance: Durer to Holbein
Until 14 April, 2013
This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period, which were collected by British sovereigns from Henry VIII onwards. Among the highlights are prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger displayed alongside the finished oil portraits.
There is a free short lecture scheduled each week exploring pairs of complementary or contrasting works of art from the exhibition. Talks are scheduled at 12:00 and are repeated at 15:00. Check our Useful Links below for further information, details of March Life Drawing classes, etc..
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
10 May - 6 October, 2013
This exhibition of 60 portraits, drawings, garments, jewelry, accessories and armour from the Royal Collection explores the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their court during the 16th and 17th centuries. During this period fashion was central to court life and was an important way to display social status. Royalty and the elite were the tastemakers of the day, often directly influencing the styles of fashionable clothing.
In Fine Style follows the changing fashions of the period, demonstrates the spread of styles internationally and shows how clothing could convey important messages. Tudor and Stuart courts were renowned for their sumptuous costume. The exhibition explores how 16th- and 17th-century fashion was used to carry meaning and convey important messages about wealth, social position, marital status and even religion. Costume was used as visual propaganda to present monarchs as leaders of taste and to create the image of magnificence. Including works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.
Queen's Gallery Lectures and Life Drawing.
In Fine Style Exhibition preview.
The Royal Mews