Brit Sch., Allegory of Man 1596 or after
+ Brit Sch., The Cholmondelely Ladies. c.1600
'The Cholmondeley Ladies' is a Tate icon: it is a real favourite with our visitors, almost constantly on display, and has for may years been one of the best-selling postcards in the shop. Its popularity may lie in its linearity and simplicity which gives it a very 'modern' appearance. Portraiture dominates British art of this period, and the painting has previously been shown in displays of Tudor and Stuart portraiture. The new hang enables us to bring it together with the 'Allegory of Man' which was produced at around the same time. This is a very rare survival of a religious painting produced in Britain in this early period - a time of deep suspicion of religious imagery and of outbreaks of iconoclasm. The juxtaposition allows us to demonstrate the different type of art that was being produced at this time - the ever popular portraiture recording family and dynasty of the higher social classes, as well as highlighting an art form that would come under great scrutiny and of which much has been lost.