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In the frame: portraits, power and personality

Explore the remarkable art collection at Royal College of Physicians with artists Paul Benney and Jessica van der Weert.

Join the Royal College of Physicians for a special event exploring the role of contemporary portraiture and the college's remarkable art collection.

A panel made up of artists, curators and writers will examine the process by which portraits are commissioned today, the use of symbolism in modern portraits, and the continued fascination of portraiture as a form of representation. The discussion will also celebrate the college's astonishing portrait collection: a visual chronology of the evolution of power, symbolism and even fashion, across the centuries.

The Royal College Physicians Museum will remain open until 8pm as part of the evening, with more than 140 portraits on display throughout the building, including works by Anthony van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Lawrence, Elisabeth Frink and Pietro Annigoni.

Current temporary exhibition ‘Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation’, featuring an array of images of the medical pioneer, will also be available to view.


Sir Paul Benney | talks | www
Jessica van der Weert | talks | www


Date and Time:

24 April 2018 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park

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