Pre-order Art & Court of James VI & I: Bright Star of the North exhibition book (hardback)

Pre-order Art & Court of James VI & I: Bright Star of the North exhibition book (hardback)


New book accompanies the greatly anticipated Bright Star: The Life and Art of King James VI and I exhibition, which will be show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

This book uncovers the cultural riches of James’s court, reflecting his diverse roles as ruler, scholar, politician, father and patron of the arts. Under his reign, the visual and decorative arts flourished. His court’s passion for jewellery and fine clothes is illustrated in the vivid portraits and miniatures by John de Critz and Nicholas Hilliard, just two of many artists who thrived under the patronage of the royal family and court elite. Drawings for masque costumes, architectural studies and objects from the period illustrate the artistic and intellectual climate that was prevalent at court, as well as the skill of the craftsmen who flourished during James’s reign.

This book demonstrates James’s impact on early modern Britain and his legacy, while rehabilitating the reputation of a king traditionally presented as preferring hunting and drinking to the duties of daily governance. The book is packed with dazzling art works and sumptuous objects, bringing the splendour of James’s court to life within the pages.

About the Author: Kate Anderson is Senior Curator, Portraiture at the National Galleries of Scotland, specialising in 16th- and 17th-century art. In addition to her introductory essay, the book contains essays from scholars in the field on various aspects of the cultural activity that flourished at the court of James VI and I. 

This book will soon be printed. Any pre-orders are expected to be delivered around the time of the opening of the exhibition. 

  • Size 24.5 x 26.5 cm
  • Page count 160 printed pages
  • Illustrations 120 colour
  • Format Hardback
  • Publisher National Galleries of Scotland
  • ISBN 9781911054412
  • Authors Kate Anderson et al
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