The Tudors Opening Day

Man in Tudors-era attire posing for portraitist

Nicholas Hilliard, Portrait of Sir Anthony Mildmay, Knight of Apethorpe, Northants (detail), ca 1590-1593. Watercolor on vellum mounted on card, mounted on wood, Framed: 10 3/4 x 13 in. (27.305 x 33.02 cm). Image: 9 3/16 x 6 7/8 in. (23.336 x 17.463 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1926.554

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Join us to celebrate the opening of The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England. Enjoy curator presentations and conversation, as well as calligraphy demos. 


  • Exhibition curator presentations and conversation, 11 am to noon, Gunn Theater
  • Calligraphy demos, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm, Gallery 10

This is the first of a three-part series of calligraphy demos.

About the speakers

Martin Chapman is curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He has organized numerous exhibitions at the Legion of Honor, including Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles (2007 – 2008), Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House (2014 – 2015), and East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from The Al Thani Collection (2018 – 2019). 

Thomas Wu is former assistant curator of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He holds a master’s in history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. 

Elizabeth Cleland is curator of European sculpture and decorative art at The Met. She is responsible for post-medieval European textiles, curated Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance (2017 – 2022), and co-curated Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry (2014 – 2015) and The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England (2022 – 2023). She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, receiving her MA and PhD as a British Academy scholar.

Adam Eaker is associate curator of European paintings. He studied art history at Yale University and Columbia University, where he received his PhD in 2016. He is a specialist in Northern European and British painting of the 16th through the 18th century. As a guest curator at the Frick Collection, he co-curated Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture (2016). At The Met, he curated In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met as well as The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England.

About the calligrapher

Benjamin Yates is a calligrapher who specializes in both pointed pen and chisel-tip styles. He is also a watercolor artist and an engraver. His works, often illuminated in 24 karat gold, draw inspiration from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. He commissions work for grand declarations and commemorations, and finds that sunlight, sand, and shadow on the beach are great mediums for ephemeral lettering.

COVID-19 guidance 

Masking is strongly recommended, but no longer required for members of the public or employees while in the museum.

Ticket info

Free. This does not include admission to the exhibition. Curation conversation tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis in front of the Gunn Theater an hour before the program begins. Seating is limited and unassigned.

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