In her 60 years of ruling England, Queen Elizabeth II has inspired a lot of people -- no less so in the world of art. Everyone from Andy Warhol, to Annie Leibovitz, to Gilbert & George has captured Her Majesty in some form, ensuring her place as an icon and muse of the past century.
[Andy Warhol, Queen Elizabeth II, via]
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, England's National Portrait Gallery has organized an exhibition of 60 portraits, one for each year of matriarchal rule. Entitled, "Queen: Art and Images," the collection ranges from official commissioned works to more unusual interpretations, such as the pop art of Warhol, or a disembodied head by Justin Mortimer.
The result is a fascinating lesson in art-- and royal-- history. So in between events at the Olympics, be sure to check it out!
Through 21 October at London's National Portrait Gallery. For more information, go HERE.
[Annie Leibovitz, The Queen, via]