From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of change for Britain. This exhibition will explore how art and architecture was used by the crown, the church and the aristocracy to project images of power and status in an age when the power of the monarchy was being questioned.
This exhibition will include the work of the leading painters of the day – including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill. It will celebrate ambitious grand-scale portraits, magnificent architecture, the persuasive illusion of mural painting, as well as the brilliant woodcarving of Grinling Gibbons. And a room will be dedicated to the designs of Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh for St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court and Blenheim Palace – the great buildings of the age.
This 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 largely forgotten era of art history. Many of the works will be on display for the first time, several of them having been uncovered by new research.
Supported by White and Case, with additional support from Tate Patrons