Rifling through the Royal Wardrobe
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 – Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator of European art
This lecture explores the many ways British royals have been—and continue to be—at the epicenter of new styles in fashion.
The use of clothing and jewelry as symbols of British royal power, authority, and wealth certainly predates the emergence of the painted portrait. However, it is portraiture that offers clear visual evidence of the ways elaborate clothing could represent royal power.
As seen in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol, portraits of the Tudor era (1485–1603) depict their royal subjects’ clothing in minute detail, ensuring that the viewer is well aware of the expensive fabrics, metals, and precious jewels on display. Clothing, particularly significant at this time because of the sumptuary laws that dictated which colors and fabrics people could wear based on social status, was also highly symbolic. For example, Elizabeth I adopted black and white as her colors, an association with constancy and purity highly appropriate for the Virgin Queen.
• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult Nonmembers
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Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
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Two Parking Garages
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Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
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