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Ralph Heimans is a preeminent portrait painter of this era. Karl Barth wrote that God is found in Mozart’s work, the same may be said of Heimans’ art. When Penny Mountbatten organized a time for Ralph to paint me, I did not want to miss a rendezvous with his considerable artistic genius due to being too reserved or not following through, such being the case when other special opportunities arose with Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, William Draper, Warhol and others. Ralph had just completed a massive portrait of Queen Elizabeth, now to be on permanent display at Westminster Abbey (see accompanying photographs of HM, Prince Phillip, Crown Princess Mary, Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy and a portrait of Madeline and Douglas).
I made one request of Ralph. Rather than oil or charcoal I preferred that he employ his considerable skill as photographer to realize my portrait in that medium so that the resulting image would join our photography collection.
Ralph’s portrait of me (shown here in the first two images, taken in my apartment), layered with much symbolism and literally yards of George Loring Brown (named after the American Romantic painter of Italian scenes) double width, 100% silk, is compelling. It is a photograph as narrative of a now mature life spent in creative efforts, textiles, politics, friendship, contemplation, art, travel, sport and championing good causes.
There is a remarkable stylistic connection between Ralph’s portrait of me and those he executed in oils of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Princess Mary and Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy. All subjects seem to be contemplating their long lives (mine an exceedingly modest one), the artistic story enhanced by the artist in the placement of furniture in each portrait, in particular chairs. In the case of the Queen, The Coronation Throne, absent from the circle she contemplates on the floor of Westminster Abbey, yet it is very much present. Please feel free to discover the “chair story” in the other portraits. Great fun.
Ralph Heimans in his portraits exceeds the Pre Raphaelites and stands with Caravaggio. He draws out the beauty and dignity in the lives of all his subjects. There is much Grace in his work.

Vi ønsker HKH Kronprinsesse Mary hjertelig tillykke med fødselsdagen! Portrættet her er malet i 2006 af den australske kunstner Ralph Heimans. Til maj udstiller museet en lang række af Ralph Heimans’ værker, heriblandt et helt nyt portræt af HKH Kronprins Frederik.
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Today we wish HRH Crown Princess Mary a happy birthday! This portrait was painted in 2006 by the Australian artist Ralph Heimans. In May, the museum will exhibit a large number of Ralph Heimans’ works, including a new portrait of HRH Crown Prince Frederik. #kronprinsessemary #crownprincessmary #ralphheimans #frederiksborgslot #frederiksborgcastle

We are delighted to announce that Ralph Heimans will be In Conversation @the_arts_club on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Tracing the evolution of portraiture and the trajectory of Ralph Heiman’s artistic career, this discussion will provide insight into the artist’s approach to narrative portraiture through his esteemed subjects, such as his portrait of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Here, in honour of his ancestry, Prince Philip is positioned in front of a portrait of Queen Victoria and her family, whilst in the background on can see a white marble bust of Phillip’s mother, Princess Alice. “Windsor Castle holds special significance in regard to The Duke of Edinburgh's ancestry. At the end of the Grand Corridor is the Tapestry Room where His Royal Highness' mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria were born." “Aesthetically, the natural light and heritage backdrop of the grand corridor at Windsor Castle provided a compelling mood," Heimans said of the setting.

We are delighted to announce that Ralph Heimans will be In Conversation @the_arts_club on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Tracing the evolution of portraiture and the trajectory of Ralph Heiman’s artistic career, this discussion will provide insight into the artist’s approach to narrative portraiture through his esteemed subjects, such as his portrait of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Painted in the year marking his retirement from public engagements, this is a significant portrait of Prince Philip with deep personal resonance. The faint, almost serene, smile encapsulates the ‘unique character’ of the Duke of Edinburgh, whilst the narrowing of the Grande Corridor cannot help reminisce the passage of time. "I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to paint Prince Philip and hope the portrait does justice to his unique character," Heimans has stated.

We are delighted to announce that Ralph Heimans will be In Conversation @the_arts_club on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Tracing the evolution of portraiture and the trajectory of Ralph Heiman’s artistic career, this discussion will provide insight into the artist’s approach to narrative portraiture through his esteemed subjects, such as his portrait of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip, seen here wearing blue sash of the Order of the Elephant, the highest ranking honour in Denmark, gestures to his Danish ancestry. He was born Prince of Denmark, while his great grandfather was King Christian IX of Denmark. In 2018, the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, in Denmark, will host a retrospective exhibition of Ralph Heimans work, exploring the historical connection between the British and Danish royal families.

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Portrait by Ralph Heimans in honour of the Duke’s Danish roots #charlesthebutler #thebutlerspeaks #dukeofedinburgh #britishroyalfamily #princephilip #ralphheimans

Our 'look of the week' is inspired by the grace that is Prince Philip. This recent royal portrait (released this week) was taken in The Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle. At the age of 96, the Duke Of Edinburgh officially retired this year - though his longevity and legacy continue to influence.

#HRH #PrincePhilip #DukeOfEdinburgh #WindsorCastle #TheRoyals #TheRoyalFamily #portrait #buckinghampalace @theroyalfamily #96 @clarencehouse / portrait by artist: #RalphHeimans

The latest portrait of Prince Philip is a brilliant image of this venerable consort - still striking, lean, and stylish at 96. (Interestingly, one can see, for the first time for me at least, a resemblance to Charles.) But the key to this portrait is the Duke's Daneness. Born Philip of Greece and Denmark , he is the great-grandson of Christian IX of Denmark and pictured wearing the light blue sash of the Order of the Elephant (Elephant ??), that Kingdom's highest honour. The other fascinating aspect is the setting - at The Queen's beloved Windsor Castle. Wearing the very smart Windsor uniform, he stands in its Grand Corridor along from the Tapestry Room, where his mother, Princess Alice and his grandmother, Princess Victoria, were born. Busts of both of these extraordinary women are captured in the background. The portraitist, Australian Ralph Heimans, has had some practice - Dame Quentin Bryce, Princess Mary of Denmark, and Queen Elizabeth herself - but he has outdone himself with this Great Dane.

#princephillip #denmark #orderoftheelephant #phillipofgreecesnddenmark#potrait #thequeen #windsorcastle#westcorridor #dukeofedinburgh #royalportrait #britishroyals #ralphheimans #thecrown #markmcginnesswrites

What a marvel this is. 👏🏼 A new and stunningly lifelike portrait of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, by artist Ralph Heimans has just been shared with the world. Try and spot all the nods to the Duke of Edinburgh's Danish heritage. Prince Philip, whose grandfather George I of Greece was a Copenhagen-born prince, wears the Order of the Elephant sash, the highest honor a Dane can receive. The portrait is set in the Grand Corridor, and at its end is the Tapestry Room. Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, and her mother, Princess Victoria, were born in that room. He’s also standing in front of a portrait of Queen Victoria with her family in the castle’s Green Drawing Room painted by Danish artist Laurits Regner Tuxen (who also painted the family of the King and Queen of Denmark). In the background is a white marble bust of Philip’s mother, by the 19th century German sculptor Joseph von Kopf, and another of Princess Victoria by sculptor Hugo Hagen. All these details make this painting is "a real Dane-fest." (📸 @vfvanities)
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#royals #princephilip #britishroyals #britishroyals #dukeofedinburgh #windsorcastle #danish #denmark #heritage #painting #art #lifelike #ralphheimans #tapestry #corridor

#princephilip looks very dapper at 96 in a new royal portrait by artist #RalphHeimans

We're loving the newest portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh by the very talented Ralph Heimans. A beautiful painting that perfectly captures Prince Philip and the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle.
#Debretts #DukeOfEdinburgh #PrincePhilip #Portrait #RalphHeimans

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Ralph Heimans. Oil on canvas. 2017 #PrincePhilip #RalphHeimans #Britannia 🇬🇧

A new portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh, painted earlier in this year by Ralph Heimans. #portrait #thedukeofedinburgh #edinburgh #ralphheimans #royal #princeconsort #britishroyal

#ralphheimans A superb image painted by Australian artist of HRH Prince Phillip. Strong and confrontational rather than insipid and conventional, like the man.

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