Portraits try to capture the essence of a person, not just what they look like, but also their character and social status. But why are they made in the first place? Explore the many personalities in works of art at Tate Britain, some real, some fictional, and delve into the stories behind the faces. From family memorials to mythical ladies like Ophelia, they all have surprising tales to tell.
Private tours are available to book at Tate all year round. For more details call 020 7887 4946 or visit the private tours web page.