Sacred Sovereigns30 April -11 September 2022
FREE entry, no ticket needed
East End Gallery
Featuring depictions of sovereigns or objects used by them, this small display drawn from the Sainsbury Centre collection demonstrates the status of monarchs from around the world. In many cultures, monarchs have deliberately blurred distinctions between themselves and gods and goddesses by adopting sacred objects and taking on the characteristics of their divine patrons. The artworks displayed here explore this connection between the sacred and the sovereign across time and cultures.
Sacred Sovereigns has been curated by the Sainsbury Centre for Norwich Castle’s Keeping it Regal programme, part of the Royal Palace Reborn redevelopment project and Castle 900 celebrations. Keeping it Regal asks what ‘being regal’ means today.
Image: A Royal Stallion and it’s Groom, Kishangarh School of Painting, Rajasthan, India, Early 18th Century, UEA 873, Sainsbury Centre