Of all the dynasties that have succeeded one another on the English throne, the Tudors, who reigned between 1485 and 1603, are certainly one of the most popular. Apart from the legend largely inspired by their private lives, the sovereigns left a deep imprint on the history of the kingdom: politically, by giving it a strategic position in Europe; spiritually, by breaking away from the Catholic Church; and culturally, by welcoming the Renaissance. Artists from Italy, Flanders and Germanic countries entered the service of the court to meet the new need for Royal portraits. It was at the confines of all these influences, in a country undergoing great upheavals, that the original forms of the English Renaissance were developed. This exhibition is the first in France on the subject.
Today, the mere mention of “The Tudors” calls to mind a major subject for the cinema. The dynasty’s international success on cinema and television screens goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, and owes much to the performing arts. French interest in the Tudors dates back to the 19th century and romanticism. It is part of a passion for history in general, and England in particular. The extraordinary private lives – at opposite extremes – of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I arouse curiosity. The innocent victims of their policies or their emotions would become the players of a veritable historical drama. Painter Édouard Cibot thus portrayed the despair of Anne Boleyn, while imprisoned in the Tower of London, with all the importance of a major historic event.
The exhibition gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the English Renaissance and discover, via a selection of some the finest works from British collections, the myth and reality of the history of the Tudors. You will need about 1h15 to see everything with 5 spaces dedicated to 5 important names : Henri VIII of course but also Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
This exhibition is organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Exhibition open until 19 July 2015
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
Open late every Monday until 10 pm.
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