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The Royal Collection on Show: Henry VIII to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II topic of talk by director of the Royal Collection, London - Jonathan Marsden this year’s speaker for Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

(Detroit)—Jonathan Marsden, director of the Royal Collection, London, is the guest speaker for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) annual Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. The lecture is free with museum admission.

Marsden will use the half-centenary of The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, as the starting point for an exploration of how, where and by whom the collection of nearly one million objects has been displayed and appreciated. The lecture will also reveal some of the challenges of presenting this collection to the public in the past, present and future.

The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, the Royal Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years. It is displayed within some 13 royal residences and former residences across the United Kingdom. In addition, there are more than 3,000 objects from the Collection on long-term loan and works lent to short-term exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.

Marsden joined the Royal Household in 1996 as deputy surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art, responsible for curating decorative arts in all the British royal palaces. He became surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art and director of the Royal Collection—the most senior position in the Royal Collection—in 2010. As director, Marsden is responsible for the Collection’s care and conservation throughout the British royal palaces, exhibitions at the Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh, loans to and partnerships with other institutions and the management of public access to the palaces.

As a curator, Marsden has specialized in sculpture and is currently working on a catalogue of European sculpture in the Royal Collection. He has published widely in this area and on architectural history and the history of collecting. Prior to joining the Royal Household in 1996, Marsden worked for the National Trust for 12 years as a curator responsible for groups of historic houses and their contents in North Wales and Southern England.

This lecture is sponsored by the Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Endowment Fund in conjunction with the DIA auxiliaries Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and European Paintings Council

About the Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture
The Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture was established in 1997 in memory of Dr. Coleman Mopper, who passed away in 1996. Dr. Mopper and his late wife, Shirley, were founding members of The Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and had been longstanding members and patrons of the DIA. The Moppers were avid collectors of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, and made numerous gifts to the museum. They were recognized with a DIA Lifetime Service award in 1996. In Dr. Mopper’s memory, friends generously endowed an annual lecture on European art to be given by an internationally recognized specialist.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact: Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899