Tate Britain Exhibition

British Baroque Power and Illusion

Antonio Verrio The Sea Triumph of Charles II c.1674 The Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Antonio Verrio The Sea Triumph of Charles II c.1674 The Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Uncover the art of an age of transformation

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 overlooked era of art history. Many of the works will be on display for the first time - some borrowed from the stately homes they have hung in since they were made.

From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of momentous change for Britain. From the royal court as the brilliant epicentre of the nation’s cultural life to the rise of party politics, the exhibition will look at the magnificence of art and architecture as an expression of status and influence.

This exhibition will include the work of the leading painters of the day – including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill. It will celebrate grand-scale portraiture, the wonder and artifice of trompe l’oeil, the emotional persuasion of religious spaces and the awe-inspiring impact of baroque mural painting. Throughout, the show will consider the use of art to convey power, however distant the illusion sometimes was from reality.

Willem Wissing Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark c.1685 National Galleries of Scotland

Willem Wissing Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark c.1685 National Galleries of Scotland

Benedetto Gennari The Annunciation 1686 Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida

Benedetto Gennari The Annunciation 1686 Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida

John Closterman The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park 1696 National Portrait Gallery, London​​

John Closterman The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park 1696 National Portrait Gallery, London​​

Louis Laguerre The Creation of Pandora (design for the staircase ceiling at Petworth House) 1702 Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Louis Laguerre The Creation of Pandora (design for the staircase ceiling at Petworth House) 1702 Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sir Godfrey Kneller Matthew Prior 1700 Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Sir Godfrey Kneller Matthew Prior 1700 Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Tate Britain

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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Dates

4 February – 18 March 2020

Unfortunately, this exhibition ended early due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus. For more information go to our FAQs.

Supported by

With additional support from

The British Baroque Exhibition Supporters Circle

The Magic Trust
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Philip Mould & Company​

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

and Tate Patrons

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