More than 100 paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, demonstrating wonderful artistic skill, technique and talent, from across artists in northern Europe, will be displayed at an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, sometime next month.
The art show - The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein - will feature some of the most sought-after artworks of some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance movement and be indicative of the period of revival of arts and culture. The show will run from 2 November to 14 April, 2013.
An official statement by the curators of the Royal Collection reads: "The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of dramatic change in Northern Europe. Monarchs vied for territorial power, religious reformers questioned the central tenets of the church and scholars sought greater understanding of their world. Against this backdrop, artists produced works of extraordinarily diverse subject matter and superb technical skill. This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period."
Prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger are some of the highlights of the exhibition.
The works by Holbein, a noted German Renaissance artist, to be exhibited at The Queen's Gallery mainly include bust-length portraits of Renaissance humanists such as Desiderius Erasmus of the Netherlands, England's Sir Thomas More and his adoptive daughter Margaret Giggs and similar personalities. From the British royal lineage, a portrait drawing of Edward, Prince of Wales (1537-1553), later Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII, and a painted portrait of Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554), also form a part of Holbein's exhibits.
Among other artworks on display will be mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, another prominent German Renaissance painter, and several finished oil portraits of common people and personalities.
Renaissance paintings apart, The Queen's Gallery exhibition will also showcase arms and armour, including two sets of battlefield armour belonging to the mid-sixteenth century and used by former kings of England. These are a pair of steel arm harness of Henry VIII (1509-1547) and a round, iron parade shield overlaid with silver and gold, acquired by King George III (1738-1820).
Catch a glimpse of some of these exhibits that will go on show at The Queen's Gallery...