Sunday, August 16, 2020

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace

In early December we're going to get to see masterpiece paintings that normally hang in The Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace in a NEW exhibition called Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace at the Queen's Gallery.

Card Players in a sunlit Room, by Pieter de Hooch

We're getting to see art in different ways during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

One of the more curious ways comes as a result of the decision to go ahead with much needed renovation to Buckingham Palace to protect the historic building for future generations - while the Queen is isolating away from London.

Renovation means that the priceless collection of paintings actually hung in the Palace must move

The Exhibition

Sixty-five paintings, that usually hang in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace and are widely acknowledged to be among the highlights of the Royal Collection, will be brought together in a gallery exhibition for the first time.

The Picture Gallery is top-lit and 55 yards (50 m) long and was originally designed by the architect John Nash for George IV to display his collection of Dutch, Flemish and Italian Old Master paintings. 

The Picture Gallery, Buckingham Palace

In Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, spectacular works by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck and Canaletto can be enjoyed ‘close up’, and visitors will be encouraged to consider

  • the artists’ intentions, 
  • why the paintings were highly prized in their day and 
  • why we would now consider these works to be ‘masterpieces’.


Venue: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Dates:  4 December 2020 – January 2022
Days / Hours: Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Friday, 4 Dec 2020 - Monday, 31 Jan 2022)
Tickets:  You can book now for 2020. Tickets for 2021 will go on sale in November 2020
Ticket prices:
  • Adult £16.00
  • Over 60 £14.50
  • Under 17 / Disabled £8.00
  • Student £12.00
  • Under 5 Free
  • Family £40.00
  • Groups of up to 15 people can visit

How to get there

The Reservicing Programme

The Reservicing Programme is a major ten-year project which will overhaul the Palace’s essential services, including lead pipes and aging electrical wiring and boilers, to 
  • prevent long-term damage to the building and its contents
  • ensure the building is fit for the future as 
    • an official residence of the Sovereign and 
    • a national asset for generations to come. 

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