A royal get-together: Two portraits of The Queen are reunited at The National Portrait Gallery after more than 25 years apartPietro Annigoni pair form part of The Queen: Art and Image exhibitionOther featured artists include Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol
17:11 GMT, 16 May 2012
A pair of royal portraits will be reunited for the first time in more than quarter of a century in a new exhibition about the Queen.
The works by Italian portrait painter Pietro Annigoni will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
It is the first time in 28 years his portrait of the Queen from 1954-5 (below right) has gone on public display.
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A Royal Pair: two portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by Pietro Annigoni to be displayed together for the first time at The National Portrait gallery
The painting will be shown on the same wall as Annigoni's second full-length portrait of the Queen which was commissioned by the gallery in 1969.
Other artists whose work will be on show include Lucian Freud, Gilbert and George, Andy Warhol and Lord Snowdon.
Exhibition curator Paul Moorhouse said: 'The Queen is the most represented individual in history – but she remains an enigma. All we really have are images.
'This exhibition explores the creation of the Queen's public persona and the way such images reveals a world of changing ideas and values.'
The Queen: Art and Image exhibition runs at The National Portrait Gallery from tomorrow, 17 May until October.
A visitor looks over Andy Warhol's pop art images of Queen Elizabeth II during a viewing of the National Portrait Gallery's Jubilee exhibition, Art and Image
Art fans shown in dramatic silhouette against Chris Levine's Lightness of Being portrait of Her Majesty
Artist Chris Levine views his hologram image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II entitled Equanimity
Levine's holographic image of The Queen promises to be a major attraction when the exhibition opens tomorrow
An i-Phone captures an image of Justin Mortimer's surreal depiction of The Queen
The traditional paintings by artist Pietro Annigoni sit alongside Dorothy Wildings' depiction of the monarch
Pietro Annigoni's 1969 portrait
Annigoni's 1964/5 portrait
Coronation Cross by Gilbert and George
Gerhard Richter's ghostly image of The Queen
The late Lucian Freud's controversial image of The Queen
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh by Thomas Struth shot in the drawing room at Windsor Castle
A serene sepia shot of the monarch by Dorothy Wilding
Hiroshi Sugimoto's pensive Queen in full regalia, pictured in 1999. The exhibition, entitled, The Queen: Art and Image runs at the National Portrait Gallery until October 2012