The Reformation to Revolution Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery is a fascinating insight into how the upheavals of the Reformation were reflected in the artwork of the time.
After 1603 the Stuarts became absentee rulers based in London, and the nature of kingship was itself increasingly contested. The massive upheavals of the Reformation allowed Protestantism become the nation’s official religion and the collapse of the old church and dispersal of its lands and wealth brought a major shift of power and income with new landed classes vying with established families for status and influence.
These changes had important cultural consequences. Religious painting was no longer acceptable and there was an increase in demand for secular art forms, and portraiture in particular. At the same time a growing merchant and professional class was beginning to commission works of art to display their status as well as to record the subjects.
Venue: Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Dates: Until 1 April 2019
Further details at: Scottish National Portrait Gallery
TIP: Don’t forget there’s a free shuttle bus providing a regular service between Scotland’s National Galleries (The National Portrait Gallery, and Modern One and Modern Two, which are adjacent to one another a short drive from the other galleries). Details at: Free Shuttle Bus