LondonTown.com: Lost legend of British art acclaimed in new exhibition


Released on: April 29, 2015, 8:09 am (EDT)
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One of Britain’s great portrait artists is celebrated at National Portrait Gallery.

LONDON, April 29, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The National Portrait Gallery, one of the world's leading galleries in portraiture art and photography, will be rediscovering the work of a lost great of British art. Cornelius Johnson: Charles I's Forgotten Painter (15th April-13th September 2015) will be the first ever display of works by the seventeenth-century artist Cornelius Johnson, forgotten court painter to Charles I. It will include four rarely seen portraits of royal children, all from the National Portrait Gallery's Collection, to tell the story of one of Britain's most successful and prolific artists. The National Portrait Gallery is located in the heart of the West End in Trafalgar Square. For visitors to London hoping to learn more about this and other exhibitions in London this year, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest listings for restaurants, as well as details on summer events and cheap hotels in London.

The exhibition will include portraits of Charles I's three royal children – the future Charles II, the future James II, and Mary, later Princess of Orange-Nassau. These are poignant reminders of their tumultuous lives (partly spent in exile), while the fourth portrait, of Mary's son William, was painted when the boy's position was in jeopardy. Largely neglected by both British and Dutch art historians, Johnson had the bad luck to be overshadowed as a court painter by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), who settled in London in 1632 to work for Charles I, and then to have his own British career curtailed by the British Civil Wars. Having been trained in the Netherlands, and having painted Charles I and the elite of the period, many of whom were soon to be engulfed in the Civil Wars, Johnson was a chronicler of a doomed generation, on the edge of war.

The display will contain eight painted portraits and six print from the National Portrait Gallery's primary and archive collections, most of them rarely seen, and three paintings from Tate which have never been previously displayed together. This will be the first show ever on this artist's work. For more information on this and other exhibition in London this summer, see LondonTown.com

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