Artemisia Gentileschi in a self-portrait

Groups making a visit to The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace in the near future can enjoy a new exhibition called Portrait of the Artist.

Running from 4th November until 17th April, the new art displays will focus on portraits of artists rather than their subjects.

Portrait of the Artist is said to be the first ever exhibition of portraits of artists in the Royal Collection.

The works on display examine the changing image of the painter through more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts.

Portrait of the Artist also explores themes such as the cult of the artistic personality, the artist at work and artists' self-portraits.

What artists will be pictured?

The paintings will range from the 16th to the 19th century, so groups will be able to see and learn about a number of painting styles.

Portrait of the Artist not only showcases self-portraits by world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud and David Hockney but also features images of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils.

These include a likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi.

Well-known self-portraits intended to advertise the artist's talents will be shown alongside more intimate and personal works.

The exhibition will examine a range of themes played out within these objects, from the cult of the artist to the symbolism evoked through images of the artist’s studio.

The role of monarchs in commissioning, collecting and displaying portraits of artists will also be a focus of the exhibition.

Group booking information

Group rates to visit Portrait of the Artist are available for parties of 15 or more people.

To make a booking group travel organisers should visit

Pictured: Artemisia Gentileschi in a self-portrait. (Photo credit: Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016).