Lecture or talk Adults

Opening Talk: Uncovering King James VI & I - Bright Star of the North

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Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Saturday 20 June, 12-1pm



Kate Anderson, Senior Curator, discusses highlights from the exhibition Bright Star: The Art & Life of King James VI & I and examines the role that art, objects, dress, performance and literature played at the Jacobean courts in both Scotland and England. Under James’s reign (1567–1625), along with his Queen consort Anna of Denmark, literature and the visual and decorative arts flourished and they were responsible for commissioning works by artists including Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, John de Critz, Nicholas Hilliard and Paul van Somer, the Edinburgh-born goldsmith George Heriot and designers and writers including Inigo Jones, William Drummond of Hawthornden and Ben Jonson.

Nicholas Hilliard James VI and I, 1566 - 1625. King of Scotland 1567 - 1625. King of England and Ireland 1603 - 1625 About 1609 reproduced courtesy of the Collection of the Buchanan Society
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