Art in the United Kingdom

We admit it, we are anglophiles. From Lincoln Cathedral to Sir Christopher Wren to the Young British Artists.

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Anthony van Dyck, <em>Equestrian Portrait of Charles I</em>
Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I

A portrait of the cultivated, but deeply flawed, politically inept, and unlucky King Charles I, who ended his days beheaded on a scaffold.

J.M.W. Turner, <em>Snow Storm</em>
J.M.W. Turner, Snow Storm

Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.

Anthony van Dyck, <em>Charles I with M. de St. Antoine</em>
Anthony van Dyck, Charles I with M. de St. Antoine

Though he was eventually beheaded, this portrait encapsulates the king's notion of independent authority, and his belief in the divine right of kings.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, <em>The Swing</em>
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing

What’s that dog yapping about? This mischievous woman throws caution—and her slipper—to the wind.

Christine de Pizan and a City of Ladies
Christine de Pizan and a City of Ladies

Christine de Pizan was an author and intellectual and wasn't afraid to show the strength of women in the early 15th century.

Rembrandt, <em>Self-Portrait with Two Circles</em>
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait with Two Circles

Rembrandt's enigmatic self-portrait at Kenwood House is an apt example of the artist's long career in self-exploration.

Portraits of Christine de Pizan in <em>The Queen’s Manuscript</em>
Portraits of Christine de Pizan in The Queen’s Manuscript

Christine de Pizan was the first professional author and an important female role model from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

Inventing “America” for Europe: Theodore de Bry
Inventing “America” for Europe: Theodore de Bry

De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.

Sheltered by the sea, Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos
Sheltered by the sea, Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos

Sheltered by the sea, a study in place and feeling

The Symmachi Panel
The Symmachi Panel

Holding on to pagan traditions in the early Christian era

Carlo Crivelli, <em>The Annunciation with Saint Emidius</em>
Carlo Crivelli, The Annunciation with Saint Emidius

What are Persian carpets, a peacock, and a cucumber doing in a painting of The Annunciation?

Describing what you see: Sculpture, Henry Moore’s <em>Reclining Figure</em>
Describing what you see: Sculpture, Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure

Describing is a key skill for art historians and for any museum visitor. Learn how.