The changing face of portraiture

Date and time

Friday 25 November, 6.30–7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Information Desk

Ali Pottinger and John Wilson


Admission free. Tickets are strictly limited - Please email for tickets and meeting information. Tickets are prioritised for BSL speakers and visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This presentation will explore almost four centuries of portraiture, paying particular attention to works by Van Dyck.

Discover how his use of flowing draperies and opulent colours, along with the fluidity of his painting technique inspired artists to break away from the rigidity of traditional painting practices and to breathe new life into portraiture.


Throughout the year, free talks are given in British Sign Language by deaf lecturers or in spoken English with BSL interpretation.

Image above: Detail from Anthony van Dyck, Lady Elizabeth Thimbelby and her Sister, about 1637