How great art reveals the passions of a royal marriage
Art played a remarkable role in the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The couple frequently exchanged paintings, jewellery and sculpture to show their love for each other. Now a new exhibition of works from across the Royal Collection reveals that despite the monarch’s enduring image as a dour widow of 40, she had been a lively, romantic and open-minded young woman. Jenni is joined by Jonathan Marsden, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art who curated the exhibition, and Lynda Nead, Professor of Art History at Birkbeck College, University of London, to talk about some of the treasures in the collection.