barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Prestige & Power

Projecting identity in 17th-century Portraiture

 

Artists, writers, politicians and royalty come under the spotlight in this display, which explores how portraiture was used to assert status, celebrate achievements and project individuality in the 17th century.

It features prints, drawings and miniatures from the Barber’s own collection along with miniatures on loan from two fine private collections. Artists represented include Rubens, Van Dyck and Charles Le Brun, as well as miniaturists Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac Oliver and Richard Gibson.

Bolten, Arent van (About 1573-1633)

Lamp in the form of a grotesque bird

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Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640)

Portrait of Helena Fourment

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Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669)

Study of a Nude Youth

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