In the frame: portraits, power and personality

In the frame: portraits, power and personality

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 24th Apr 2018

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

The Royal College of Physicians is one of a very few organisations which continues to commission portraits of its leaders. But how do contemporary portrait artists capture a personality? How do today’s portrait sitters hope to be represented? Do we need to do away with the pomp and ceremony of the past?

What we see depicted in contemporary portraits has evolved dramatically over the centuries. Modern images are less about power and status, frequently in more informal settings, and often in the medium of photography. Today’s sitters and artists seem to favour individuality over prestige.

Compared with the imposing ‘swagger portraits’ of the past, is the twenty-first century simply shy? Or have our values as a society shifted? And how has portraiture changed as issues around representation and diversity have become more widely acknowledged?

Inspired by the RCP’s nationally-significant portrait collection, a panel made up of artists, curators and writers will explore 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 explore the college's astonishing art collection: a visual chronology of the evolution of power, symbolism, even fashion, as gradually the ‘presidential paraphernalia’ that once adorned leaders of the past are dissolved to simple, even abstract, styles.

Among the panel members are artist Paul Benney and photographer and artist Jessica van der Weert. In 2018, renowned artist, Paul Benney will present his commission of outgoing college president, Professor Jane Dacre. The work will be officially unveiled this autumn; however, this event will feature an exclusive first look at the new portrait. Jessica van der Weert will present her current series of photographic portraits of African physicians, part of the college's fundraising initiative ‘Physicians for Africa’.

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 and scientific pioneer, will also be available to view.

Cost: £8


Contact and Booking Details

Reserve tickets at this website or send an email to history@rcplondon.ac.uk or telephone 020 3075 1543.

2018-04-24 2018-04-24 Europe/London In the frame: portraits, power and personality Join the Royal College of Physicians for a special event exploring the role of contemporary portraiture and the college's remarkable art collection, with artists Paul Benney and Jessica van der Weert. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/04/24/in-the-frame-portraits-power-and-personality-169441 Royal College Of Physicians,11 St Andrews Place,Regent's Park,London

See more events on the same day or today, tomorrow or rest of Apr


Location

Royal College Of Physicians,

11 St Andrews Place,
Regent's Park,
London,
NW1 4LE

Google Map of Royal College Of Physicians

Nearest tube and train stations to Royal College Of Physicians

Metropolitan
Hammersmith & City
Circle
Bakerloo
Northern
Victoria

More local events coming soon

Free  
During National Park City Week, this breakfast talk hears from built environment professionals on how to green the capital.
8:30 AM
Free  
This talk will hear from the team who designed and built London Bridge Station, this years overall winner of the New London Awards 2018.
8:30 AM
Free  
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/festival/its-all-academic-festival-15-september-2018
10:00 AM
£5  
The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place.
11:00 AM
£10  
A guided walk exploring the industrial heritage of this beautiful part of north London.
11:00 AM
£10  
Join the Royal College of Physicians in their medicinal garden for a series of three afternoons exploring medical plants and herbal remedies. Special lectures, expert garden tour and refreshments included.
1:30 PM
£9  
Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make a decisive change.
3:00 PM
Free  
Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext
5:00 PM
Free  
Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext
5:00 PM
Free  
Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext
5:00 PM
Free  
Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext
5:00 PM
Free  
Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext
5:00 PM
Free  
Duck racing followed by dragon boat racing at Paddington Basin.
5:00 PM
Free  
This event will draw powerfully on excerpts from oral histories of HIV/AIDS affected people, including nurses, curated by researchers Tommy Dickinson and George Severs.
5:30 PM
Free  
The impact epidemics have continues well beyond the crisis itself: social, psychological and political.
5:30 PM
Free  
A talk on the French deportation site Drancy.
5:30 PM
Free  
A walking tour of Marylebone to explore the history of health care before and after the establishment of the NHS.
6:00 PM
Free  
A walking tour of Marylebone to explore the history of health care before and after the establishment of the NHS.
6:00 PM
Free  
A walking tour of Marylebone to explore the history of health care before and after the establishment of the NHS.
6:00 PM
Free  
This talk will cover the internment and deportation of refugees to Britain during the Second World War
6:30 PM
Free  
Part of The Wiener Library’s London 1938 exhibition series.
6:30 PM
Free  
In this event Elisabeth Gifford will speak about her new book The Good Doctor of Warsaw, which is based on the true story of one of Poland's greatest men, Dr Janusz Korczak.
6:30 PM
Free  
Talk by Anthony Grenville on Britain and depictions of the British in texts by Jewish refugees from Nazism
6:30 PM
£12  
An evening exploring one of the world’s most ambitious scientific and engineering projects – CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
6:30 PM
£5  
Mars by 1980 is a tale of the mavericks and future dreamers, malfunctioning devices and sonic mayhem that launched the electronic music revolution.
7:00 PM
£7  
What would life on earth look like in 50 million years; long after the extinction of humanity? Join Dougal Dixon in conversation with Darren Naish to mark the return of Dixon’s astonishing speculative-evolution book ‘After Man: A Zoology of the Future’.
7:30 PM