The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions

England, under the volatile Tudor dynasty, was a thriving home for the arts. An international community of artists and merchants, many of them religious refugees, navigated the high-stakes demands of royal patrons, including England’s first two reigning queens. Against the backdrop of shifting political relationships with mainland Europe, Tudor artistic patronage legitimized, promoted, and stabilized a series of tumultuous reigns, from Henry VII’s seizure of the throne in 1485 to the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth I in 1603. The Tudor courts were truly cosmopolitan, boasting the work of Florentine sculptors, German painters, Flemish weavers, and Europe’s best armorers, goldsmiths, and printers, while also contributing to the emergence of a distinctly English style.

Join Elizabeth Cleland, Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Adam Eaker, Associate Curator in the Department of European Paintings, to explore The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England, which traces the transformation of the arts in Tudor England through more than 100 objects—including iconic portraits, spectacular tapestries, manuscripts, sculpture, and armor—from both The Met collection and international lenders.

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The exhibition is made possible by Alice Cary Brown and W.L. Lyons Brown, Frank Richardson and Kimba Wood, Barbara A. Wolfe, the Diane Carol Brandt Fund, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., The Klesch Collection, Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell, and Sharon Wee and Tracy Fu.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cleveland Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The catalogue is made possible by the Diane W. and James. E. Burke Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Hata International Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The catalogue is available for purchase at

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24 thoughts on “The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions”

  1. I seen this exhibition in person. It is amazing! They did an incredible job of placing the artworks in the correct places. Everything compliments each other so well.

  2. Another price tag you can add on apparently Henry spent 4000 Pounds in spices at The Field of the Cloth of Gold while entertaining Francis.

    And Hans Holbein the Younger started his career out as a religious painter til The Reformation came along. And he also did the painted portrait of Thomas Cromwell

  3. This was absolutely fantastic. So wish I could see it in person, but being in Australia that won't be possible. Thank you for showing these amazing treasures online. Brilliant for those unable to travel to NYC.

  4. GET TO NEW YORK TO SEE THIS EXHIBIT! It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. The armor! The Holbeins! The tapestries! The illuminated manuscripts! The clothing! The jewels! Even a baby's rattle and other everyday paraphernalia. The Tudors really come alive.

  5. What an absolute privilege to get a tour of this opening! This is one of the most phenomenal exhibits I will ever miss seeing in person! But your guided, informative tour almost makes up for not being able to go to NYC! 😁
    Thank you kindly for this video. It is a monumental gift from you to the rest of us who cannot join you in person. Merci beaucoup.

  6. I look forward to visiting the exhibit this weekend. Glad that I got to see this video first so I have a better understanding of what I am looking at and some of the history behind it.

  7. I agree. It wasn’t a sudden turn. Henry wanted a divorce or annulment. If New York City were not so dangerous, I would see it in person. Can’t take the chance. Wake up New York !How many tourists don’t come because of safety and economic concerns ???

  8. The Man 's voice reminds me of a froggy woman's voice ….A very young Harvey Fierstein.. Just my opinion……The art work is so intricate …. Amazingly Beautiful 🥰 😍.. Do the know who were the artists that created this work .???

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