Month: October 2017

Queen Elizabeth’s self-portraits come to Vancouver

Queen Elizabeth II has given Canada a present befitting its 150th birthday: an exhibition of modern and Old Master paintings, prints and photos from the Royal Collection. “Portrait of the Artist” opens on Oct. 28 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Rather than focus on grand portraits of kings and queens—that would be a bit too self-aggrandizing a birthday gift for this monarch—this exhibition focuses on images of the artists themselves. Spanning six centuries, it includes self-portraits by geniuses including Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucien Freud and David Hockney, as well as images of artists at work. The exhibition delved deep...

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The glories of royal Fabergé: An exhibit in Norwich, England

Look at any of the objets d’art at the new exhibit in Norwich, England, and the name of their maker is immediately obvious: Carl Fabergé.  The Russian jeweller is synonymous with the extravagant works of art created for the Russian royal family. While his shop in St. Petersburg buzzed with activity as it filled orders from the tsar and family as well as the extravagantly rich families who occupied the tip of Russian society. Today, Fabergé—who called himself an “artist jeweller,” above such “people of commerce” like Cartier and Boucheron—is far more famous than his contemporaries. Now, the Russia...

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Brothers in the spotlight: Prince William and Prince Harry

The three musketeer of the Windsor clan are often seen together at royal events, often joking and laughing, yet until recently it was Kate, Duchess of Cambridge who was the centre of attention, not her husband, Prince William or brother-in-law Prince Harry. Not any more. With Kate in the early months of her third pregnancy, the spotlight has shifted to the princely brothers. And at a time when they both dramatically increased their workloads. In September, Prince William undertook 33 engagements, tying his monthly record set in July when he and Kate undertook a packed tour of Poland and...

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Review: Constitutional napalm, Princess Diana and ‘The Diana Tapes’

“Constitutional napalm.” That’s the focus of a new play, The Diana Tapes. The compelling theatrical production shows how a tabloid journalist and the most famous woman in the world, Princess Diana, worked together to create Diana: Her True Story, a bombshell book that set off the greatest royal scandal since Edward VIII’s abdication. Their salacious 1992 bestseller broke up a royal marriage, destroyed a prince’s reputation and forever changed the monarchy. Princess Diana strikes back “She must be mad,” commented True Story’s publisher Michael O’Mara. “She does know what we do for a living?” Diana didn’t care that her...

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