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How to Paint a Queen: A Culture Show Special

Episode 27 of 28

Alastair Sooke looks at the depiction of Britain's female rulers and discovers how queenly portraits reveal Britain's changing ideas about women and power.

There are more images of Elizabeth II than any other historical figure, but how to paint a queen is one of the trickiest of artistic challenges. Alastair Sooke looks at the depiction of Britain's female rulers, from Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria and our current monarch, and discovers how queenly portraits reveal Britain's changing ideas about women and power.

59 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Director Jude Ho
Director Jude Ho
Series Producer Pauline Law
Series Producer Pauline Law

Broadcasts

  • Sat 2 Jun 2012 20:20
  • Sat 2 Jun 2012 21:05
  • Mon 25 Mar 2013 00:40
  • Mon 25 Mar 2013 01:10
  • Tue 9 Apr 2013 00:35

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