Review: Portrait of an Icon

The National Portrait Gallery’s aptly titled  ‘Portrait of an Icon’ featuring many previously unseen photos of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn was truly one of the best exhibitions I have visited this year. Including a variety of shots from Hepburn’s early career and childhood as a dancer, right through to her later years, it was incredible to see how Hepburn simply shone in front of the camera.

Unsurprisingly, this exhibition was heavily visited, and the wait to spend just half an hour in the gallery was over two hours long, but it was definitely worth it. Many of the images had small messages or tributes dedicated to the late actress beside them, the majority praised Hepburn’s incredible work ethic and her radiant personality. Her beauty spoke for itself in the effortlessly chic shots.

Audrey Hepburn is a timeless icon, something she worked incredibly hard for, but looking around the gallery it is clear just how this woman stood the test of every decade she was photographed in. Her photogenic ability is nothing short of miraculous and she doesn’t just stand the test of time, she transcends it.

The exhibition is now sadly closed, but will soon be relocating to Cheltenham. I was incredibly impressed with the standard of the exhibition especially considering The National Portrait Gallery seems to rarely collect or exhibit new pieces, they tend to favour more traditional collections.


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