Tag: London

The Apotheosis of James I by Peter Paul Rubens

Banqueting House, Whitehall. The central ceiling canvas faces the entrance, so was directed towards a general audience rather than the king himself. This large oval of The Apotheosis of James I shows the King holding a sceptre with his foot on an imperial globe, being raised aloft by Justice. It is said to celebrate the…

The Academicians of the Royal Academy by Johann Zoffany – Detail

1771-2 Painted for George III Zoffany’s image similarly shows the ‘back-of-house’ clutter and the intellectual dignity of working artists, where fine gentlemen sit on packing cases and converse with polish and good-humour. He depicts the Academy’s life-drawing room at Old Somerset House, with casts round the walls, a simple platform for the model (with chalk…