“This lavish exhibition tells the story of a nation
through the faces of its monarchs”
Evening Standard


The exhibition

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits was a temporary exhibition that took place at National Maritime Museum in London between March 16, 2021 and October 31, 2021.

Tudors to Windsors was a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Museums Greenwich. The exhibition featured over 150 of the finest portraits from across five royal dynasties, painted by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain: from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol.


Project overview


The exhibition’s 2D design strategically delineates each royal dynasty, employing a unique color scheme and pattern set to distinctively highlight their individual identities. To deepen visitor engagement and understanding, we implemented interactive touchscreens throughout the exhibition. These devices facilitate detailed exploration of specific works, enabling visitors to delve further into historical contexts and intricacies that demand more thorough investigation. This thoughtful integration of technology supports interpretative learning while maintaining aesthetic and thematic coherence.

Digital Design

Given the traditional context of gallery portraits, integrating digital displays posed a significant challenge. Our digital design research focused on minimizing the inherent spectacularity of digital media to ensure harmony with the 2D artwork. This was achieved by embedding digital screens within bespoke structural elements that distinctively separate them from the portraits, preventing any visual conflict.

In terms of user interface design, we meticulously mirrored the color schemes and patterns used in the 2D designs to maintain visual consistency throughout the gallery. These elements were finely calibrated in terms of color accuracy and proportional alignment to ensure that the digital interventions felt intrinsic to the gallery environment, thus enhancing the overall aesthetic and educational experience.