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Perceptions of People

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

You can learn here about great figures from history who have been celebrated in art: Sir Isaac Newton, George Friederic Handel, Alexander the Great, Albert Einstein.

In contrast you can see those whose names have been forgotten but whose images survive: a fashionable young man brilliantly painted by Frans Hals, the audience of a 19th century London Music Hall captured by Walter Sickert, the dying victims of Napoleon's Russian expedition imagined by Géricault.

And see how certain artists have represented themselves: Maarten van Heemskerck's sober self portrait before the Roman Colosseum, and Sir Stanley Spencer's remarkably frank image of himself with his lover.

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