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20 Feb 2021



The Power of Portraiture (TBC)

Saturday 13th February – Saturday 5th June 2021

The artworks donated to the Art Gallery & Museum by the Reverend George Downing Bowles in 1850 form perhaps the most significant part of Worcester’s fine art collection. They are not only our first coherent group of artworks but are also some of the oldest in our care. At a time when our collecting focus was primarily on Natural History, the Bowles collection marked the beginnings of our interest in art and art history. Lost for decades during the war years, the portraits are a real hidden treasure of our collection, including portraits of famous historical figures such as Henry VIII, Erasmus and Mary Tudor. The Power of Portraiture exhibition will explore the ways portraiture was used to convey the character, prestige, associations and successes of each person connected to it: subject, artist, collector and curator.

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