The Baker Museum Exhibition Lecture
A Portrait of Love Stories, an exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Lucy Peltz, Ph.D., Head of Collection Displays (Tudor to Regency) and Senior Curator 18th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery, London
Lucy Peltz, the exhibition curator, will introduce Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 1600 to the present day. The lecture will explore the relationship between portraiture and love, based on the real-life stories found across the National Portrait Gallery, London, the single largest collection of portraits in the world. The case studies in this lecture create an arc from love in the courtly tradition of the Renaissance, to love perceived as a dangerous malady, to errant love that had to be controlled and contained in most of the modern period, to today’s perception of love as one of the principal forms of human expression and the defining feature of a fulfilled life. This illustrated talk will delve deeper into the research around Love Stories and will help explain the curatorial choices that underpin the hang of the exhibition.
This presentation is part of the exhibition Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London.