Tate Britain | British Baroque: Power and Illusion

 

BRITISH BAROQUE
POWER AND ILLUSION

4 FEBRUARY – 19 APRIL 2020
TATE MODERN | LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

 

Antonio Verrio. The Sea Triumph of Charles II c.1674
Antonio Verrio. The Sea Triumph of Charles II c.1674
Oil paint on canvas, 224.5 x 231
The Royal Collection / HM Queen Elizabeth II

British Baroque: Power and Illusion is the first ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the exhibition explores the rich connections between art and power in this often-overlooked era. The show includes many new discoveries and works displayed in public for the first time, many on loan from the stately homes for which they were originally made.

The baroque is usually associated with the pomp and glory of European courts, epitomised by that of Louis XIV, but baroque visual culture also thrived in Britain under very different circumstances. From the royal court’s heyday as the brilliant epicentre of the nation’s cultural life, to the dramatic shift in power that saw the dominance of party politics, this exhibition shows how magnificence was used to express status and influence. As well as outstanding paintings by the leading artists of the day, including Sir Peter Lely, Sir Godfrey Kneller and Sir James Thornhill, the show also uncovers pivotal works by lesser known names.

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