Princess Eugenie says studying the Queen group sparked her love for art

Princess Eugenie said studying a masterpiece in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace ignited her passion for art and helped her pass A-level.

  • The princess appears in Sky’s Inside Art: Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
  • The mother of one, 31, took on a personal tour with her custodians when she was 16
  • The tour was when she experienced the first time she fell in love with the “moment” of art.


Princess Eugenie Tell how he studied one of the paintings in the QueenHer collection sparked her love of art – and helped her pass A-level.

Appearing in a special episode of Sky Arts Inside Art: Masterpieces from Buckingham PalaceFilmed at Queen’s Gallery, the baby’s mother revealed that she had a personal tour with her curators when she was 16.

The episode was filmed in December 2020 before the princess gave birth to her son August, whom she shares with her husband Jack BrooksbankHer baby bump appears under her long floral dress from British brand ME + EM.

Eugenie, 31, who now works as a director at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, said this tour was when she experienced the first time she fell in love with the “moment” of art and began to truly understand its power.

Princess Eugenie appeared on a special episode of Sky Arts Inside Art: Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, filmed at The Queen's Gallery, and Princess Eugenie revealed that she took a personal tour with her curators when she was 16.

Princess Eugenie appeared on a special episode of Sky Arts Inside Art: Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, filmed at The Queen’s Gallery, and Princess Eugenie revealed that she took a personal tour with her curators when she was 16.

Inside Art host Kate Bryan told: “You don’t realize how much antiques are here until you get your education.

I did art history in school, and got to know these greats we’re sitting with today.

“At school, art history was so exciting because all of a sudden you get to know these amazing works.”

Describing Federico Zuccaro’s Calumny of Apelles, she added: “I actually studied painting from the Royal Collection at school when I was 16.

Some great people at the Royal Collection showed me the place and I chose it. This was the first time I got really into the group.

Eugenie, 31, who now works as a director at the Hauser and Wirth Gallery, said her tour of the Queen's Collection at the palace was when she first fell in love

Eugenie, 31, who now works as a director at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, said her tour of the Queen’s Collection at the Palace was when she first experienced that she fell in love with art’s “moment” and began to truly understand its power (pictured) with Spouse Jack Brooks Bank in 2018)

The 16th century oil painting that inspired Princess Eugenie to pursue art as a career

During her interview with Sky News, Princess Eugenie described

During her Sky News interview, Princess Eugenie described her first ‘moment’ as a piece of art and said she was amazed by Federico Zuccaro Calomni, often known as ‘Calumni of the Devil’ (pictured)

During her Sky News interview, Princess Eugenie described her first “moment” as a piece of art.

She said Calumny’s take on Federico Zuccaro, often known as “Calumny Abeles,” stunned her.

The oil painting, which is part of the Royal Collection Trust, is one of two surviving copies of the same composition.

Federico took charge of the decoration of the Villa Farnese in Caparola for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese upon the death of his brother Tadeo in 1566.

But Farnese and Federico disagreed over payment and in 1569, Jacobo Bertoia was brought in to replace the artist.

Calomni is Federico’s response to the controversy, which is allegorical to the situation in his personal life.

He adapted classical myths for personal use, having been inspired by the 4th century BC description of a lost painting of the same subject, painted in similar circumstances by Apelles.

Federico’s adaptation of the scene is a version that he considered “Callumni with a happy ending”.

The original description describes Kalomni dragging the young man representing innocence of poetry into triumph, accompanied by envy, betrayal, and deception and followed by repentance and truth.

However, champion Federico is instead taken away under Mercury’s protection.

To the left of the panel is King Midas, who was famous for his misrule and was led by the figures of Riba and Calumni, the latter of whom held a lit torch in her left hand.

Meanwhile, envy lurks in the shadows behind him, emaciated breasts and snakes in her hair.

Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, prevents the king from releasing the Reg, who is blindfolded and bound.

Animals represent the vices that thrive under bad government: the fox (cruelty), the wolf (maliciousness), the frog (greed), the hook (greedy), and the tiger (fraud).

According to the Royal Collection Trust, the painting records the artist’s “deep anger” over the controversy with Farnese.

“Looking at that painting in this gallery was definitely my first ‘moment’.

The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York described how she studied one of the pieces from her grandmother’s collection during her art school history.

Confessing that she dreamed of becoming an artist herself, she said that all she ended up doing was giving gifts of papier-mâché to her parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson on Christmas and birthdays.

Speaking of having the opportunity to sit ‘for the ages’ at the Queen’s Gallery to take in the works, she said: ‘Art should be about how you understand it and how you feel about it.

The episode was filmed in December 2020 before the princess gives birth to her son August, who she shares with husband Jack Brooksbank, as her baby bump appears under her long, floral dress from British brand ME + EM.

The episode was filmed in December 2020 before the princess gives birth to her son August, who she shares with husband Jack Brooksbank, as her baby bump appears under her long, floral dress from British brand ME + EM.

Eugenie, who wrote on Instagram, said it was an honor to talk to Inside Art about the masterpieces

Eugenie, who wrote on Instagram, said it was an honor to speak to Inside Art about the “cool” artifacts from the Buckingham Palace Gallery, which is now open to the public.

Nobody can tell you how you feel. You have to look at it and think, ‘Oh my God, now I’ve been taken to Venice, or into the fields with the cows.’ It’s how you understand it.

write on InstagramEugenie said it was a “privilege” to speak to Inside Art about the “wonderful” masterpieces from the Buckingham Palace exhibition, which is now open to the public.

For her appearance in the documentary, Eugenie recycled the ME + EM dress she wore to visit Forest for Change at Somerset House and opted for flat shoes, complementing her look with a Wedel Art Collective face mask that reads “You Me.”

She wore her reddish-brown locks in a loose wave around her shoulders and went for a natural makeup look.

The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York described how she studied one of the pieces from her grandmother's collection during her art school history.

The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York described how she studied one of the pieces from her grandmother’s collection during her art school history.

Eugenie attended Marlborough College – the same school as the Duchess of Cambridge – and earned an A-level in English art and literature, as well as a BA in Art History.

She pursued an undergraduate degree in English Literature, Art History and Politics at Newcastle University with a 2:1 score.

Eugenie then worked for an online auction company before taking up her current position.

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