“Step into the magic and splendor of The Queen’s Gallery, a remarkable exhibition of art from the Victorian era. Making its world premiere at MUZEO, the exhibition includes more than 400 pieces, which collectively weave together a story of artistic and literary triumphs and social and political upheaval. Paintings, walking sticks, weapons, personal objects of art, and rare books create a cultural landmark exhibition from the private collection of Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl, two passionate and highly respected collectors from Southern California
Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) was a time of prosperity, imperial expansion, and great political reform; a ferment of new ideas, scientific discoveries and creative activity. Within a few short decades the small island of England transformed from an agricultural society into an industrial superpower. MUZEO patrons will be immersed in this significant time in history, while viewing some of the finest examples of 19th century European art.
The Queen’s Gallery features over 60 paintings by leading artists of the Victorian era, many of them members of the Royal Academy of Arts. The collection provides the rare opportunity to view a masterpiece by James Sant, official portrait artist to Queen Victoria, as well as paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, Edward Burne-Jones and William Powell Frith, a favorite of the Queen. The collection explores the close affiliation between the visual art of this era and literature, pairing many of the paintings with the poems and literary subjects which inspired them. Perfect examples are Robert Hillingford’s battle scene, a visual representation of Tennyson’s legendary poem, “Charge of the Light Brigade” and Frederick Michael’s “Titania,” inspired by the queen of the fairies in William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fantasy, myth and medieval legend were another theme fashionable in the Victorian era. Representative of this genre is William T. Maud’s “The Ride of the Valkyries”, the breathtaking, larger-than-life painting inspired by Norse mythology.
Years in development, The Queen’s Gallery marks the first time the Knohl’s extensive collection has been curated and made available to the public. With its wealth of historic artifacts, masterful artwork and decorative art objects, The Queen’s Gallery allows the viewer a visually stunning experience accompanied by a compelling storyline exploring 19th century history, Victorian culture, and classic literature.”