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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 6

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Science & the Arts in 17th Century England, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In this room we explore the evolution of society through achievements in science and the arts. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these.

1. Mary Beale, circa 1666, by Mary Beale
2. Michael Dahl, 1691, by Michael Dahl
3. Robert Boyle, circa 1689-1690, after Johann Kerseboom

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • As discovered in the previous room, the 17th century was marked with great civil unrest in England. The parliament and Charles I were at odds. Resulting in the execution of the latter. And the English masses became divided based on their religious beliefs.
  • Despite all this, the country made tremendous leaps in the science and the arts.
  • Poetry, drama and art evolved and received tremendous royal patronage and support. Great artists from other parts of Europe, including the Netherlands, were invited to England. And were encouraged by the Royal Court to create works for the collection. Literature also flourished, as did theatre.
  • Inventors, Natural Historians, physicists and philosophers were also celebrated for their discoveries during this period. Thus, leading the masses in to an era of great change, progress and innovation in England. They also garnered unprecedented support from the Royal Court, in terms of financial aid and recognition.
  • In fact, in 1660, the Royal Society of London was set up. With the objective of promoting scientific investigation and discover.

A Final Thought : England in 17th century

The  17th century was an especially interesting era in the history of England. Given that there was so much progress, despite the massive political unheaval in the country.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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