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  • February 14, 2013 - July 21, 2013

On Valentine''s Day, the wedding anniversary of the Winter King and Queen, Gerrit van Honthorst''s Triumph of the Winter Queen will be unveiled in the Loring Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, accompanied by an immersive gallery experience that screens every half hour. As you watch the story unfold you will begin to understand the elaborate allegory, the artist''s creation, and the age in which this magnificent painting was made.This recently conserved painting, measuring almost 10â?? by 15â?? and dated 1636, depicts Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (the Winter Queen), seated on a chariot drawn by three lions and surrounded by her numerous children. Her beloved husband, Frederick V, Elector of the Palatinate (the Winter King), and her oldest son, Frederick Henry, both deceased when Gerrit van Honthorst (Dutch, 1590 - 1656) painted this work, are bathed in a golden celestial light at left. Neptune, Envy, and Death are shown trampled by the chariot''s spiked wheels. Explore the political and personal history of the figures in the painting - stories of warfare, exile, separation, and loss - through an immersive media experience that leads your eye through the painting and brings its characters to life.

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