Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Treasures from The Royal Palaces

As part of  the Christmas Outing last December members of the Scottish Branch enjoyed a visit to the exhibition entitled “The Northern Renaissance: Durer to Holbein” being staged in the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace Holyroodhouse.

The exhibition contained much relating to Mary and the Royal Court including
portraiture by  court artist, Fran├žois Clouet’s  showing Mary  both as the16-year-old future bride of Francis IIc.1558 and as a widow of 18 who had just lost the throne of France, c.1560-61. 

Mary as a widow by Clouet

Too late now to see this exhibition but good news for those members who have kept their tickets which I believe they will admit to a new exhibition just opened.

This exhibition marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is entitled

Treasures from the Queen’s Palaces

While obviously not so relevant to Mary an exhibition well worth seeing in its own right including works by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo as well as two Easter Eggs by the Russian Jeweller Carl Faberge.

Also though included is a pair of earrings given by Mary to her attendant Mary Seton.

Even if not of so much Mary interest nevertheless an exhibition certainly well worth visiting. For further information.