King Richard III - Public Lecture

King Richard III - Public Lecture

Series Name Medieval Research Centre - Public lectures
Speaker Charlotte Bolland (National Portrait Gallery)
Type Lectures & Talks
When 29 May 2018, 05:30PM - 07:00PM
Venue King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester city centre
Open To Public
Ticket Price free
For Bookings Contact Please email to book a place for the event at the King Richard III Visitor Centre

Plantagenet portraits in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: contemporary contexts for the image of Richard III

The most widely replicated image of Richard III still resonates in the popular imagination: the thin lips, long hair and steely gaze as the king pauses in the act of putting a ring on his finger are brought to mind in each new production of Shakespeare’s play and in each new twist in the extraordinary afterlife of his reputation. This familiarity, however, comes at a cost, for it is the image created by his Tudor successors that survives, rather than a record of his own self-image as presented in a commissioned portrait from the life. This lecture will examine the surviving images of Richard in the context of the portraiture of his Plantagenet predecessors, both the tombs, manuscript illuminations and heraldic signifiers of identity that they created during their reigns, and the shaping and repurposing of their images by the Tudors in the sixteenth century

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