Robert Nanteuil
François de Vendôme, Duc de Beaufort
(after Jean Nocret) 1649
engraving
Colin Holden Charitable Trust

Robert Nanteuil
François de Vendôme, Duc de Beaufort
(after Jean Nocret) 1649
engraving
Colin Holden Charitable Trust

Going public—portraits from the Colin Holden Collection

29 February to 30 August

Going public—portraits from the Colin Holden Collection brings together prints from the 17th and 18th centuries that were designed to leave a lasting impression on their audiences.

Portrait prints were a highly regarded artistic medium during this era, with portrait painters favouring a select group of accomplished and virtuosic engravers to reproduce their works in printed form. These prints held a distinct function: to communicate the status and achievements of their sitter to the public through purposeful use of expression, ornament and symbolism. Featuring works by renowned European printmakers, this exhibition invites close encounters with luminaries from the period’s cultural, royal and societal milieus.

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Going public—portraits from the Colin Holden Collection activity sheet

Going public—portraits from the Colin Holden Collection exhibition catalogue