Author(s): Paul Moorhouse
Fine Arts | No Category
Hundreds of painted and photographic images exist of Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout her reign, she has inspired photographers and painters not only to embrace tradition but also to extend the genre of royal portraiture. To coincide with her Diamond Jubilee, this book presents portraits and images that collectively chart the changing portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and the different ways in which her image has been appropriated and manipulated by artists as well as the mass media. Over the last sixty years, the Queen's image has provided a fruitful and evocative area for investigation by a range of contemporary artists. Author Paul Moorhouse explores the complex evolution of these representations. Beginning with formal royal portraits, he probes the dialogue between traditional portraiture and a progressive informality in the mass media. He shows how this interaction has produced a new iconography that has profoundly influenced the modern perception of monarchy. Setting these developments within a wider social context, he demonstrates that the diverse and multi-faceted artworks illustrated in the book provide not only a lens through which her reign may be viewed, but also evoke a wider artistic, social and historical context.
Paul Moorhouse is Curator of Twentieth-Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Recent publications include Bridget Riley: From Life (2010), Gerhard Richter Portraits: Painting Appearances (2009) and Pop Art Portraits (2007). David Cannadine is Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and is an award-winning historian whose publications include The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (1990) and Andrew Mellon: An American Life (2006).
Foreword - Sandy Nairne Sixty Years A Queen - David Cannadine The Queen: Art & Image - Paul Moorhouse 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s Chronology Acknowledgements Further Reading Picture Credits Index