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19 March 2020Smoke, Mirrors and Sanctity: Tudor Patronage and Art as Propaganda
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Smoke, Mirrors and Sanctity: Tudor Patronage and Art as Propaganda Nicole Mezey Thursday 19 March 2020

This day offers us the opportunity to explore together the art and artefacts of an extraordinary century and the context in which they illuminate their times. Six wives, phantom pregnancies and a Virgin Queen – in barely 100 years the upstart Tudor dynasty produced some of the great dramatic characters of British history. It also steered the realm into a modern age and virtually invented propaganda through portraits and palaces which outshone the finest of its European rivals. In an age of intense religious conflict, church commissions were followed by destruction of monasteries and their heritage and, throughout, as monarchs impose their changing allegiances on the people, the arts herald the virtues of their chosen faiths.