January 28 – May 8
In our opening exhibition of 2022, The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics, you will come face-to-face with the five Tudor monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I – who, to this day, remain some of the most familiar figures in English history; not least because these instantly recognisable portraits have preserved their likenesses for five centuries.
You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets
on arrival at the Museum.
This focused exhibition, developed in partnership with the National
Portrait Gallery and National Museums Liverpool, includes some of the most
iconic images in British painting, including the ‘Darnley’ and ‘Armada’
portraits of Elizabeth I. Several of the works have never been shown outside
London, including a portrait of Jane Seymour after Hans Holbein the Younger and
the highly unusual Sir Henry Unton (c.1558–1596) portrait, which was painted
posthumously and charts key moments in his life and death.
Through the portraits, the exhibition explores this torrid period
of religious conflict and political intrigue, the legacies of which continue to
reverberate through contemporary British life. It features vivid likenesses of
many of the most significant figures of the time, including Sir Francis Drake
and Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas More, William Cecil and Thomas
Cromwell, whose fame has recently been revived by Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall
Beginning with the oldest painting in the NPG’s collection, a 1505 portrait of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, the exhibition follows the family’s successive generations and their courtiers, including the Protestant spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham (c.1585) and Nicholas Hilliard’s dashing miniature portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1585)
This exhibition at the Holburne Museum is
kindly supported by The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics Exhibition Supporters
Dr and Mrs Martin Clarke
Eva and Van DuBose