Marking the reopening of the Yorkshire Museum, the world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III will be part of a new exhibition.
The portrait, which is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, will be on display from July 9 to October 31 2021.
The Yorkshire Museum has been closed since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also on display will be the museum’s outstanding collections associated with the King such as the Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters.
The loan to the Yorkshire Museum is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s nation-wide COMING HOME project, that will see some of its most iconic works travel to the place they are most closely associated with.
The exhibition has been supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, with a grant of £17,625.
The programme helps to fund regional and small local authority museums to borrow major works of art from national collections.
Lucy Creighton, curator of archaeology, said: “King Richard III was the last King of the House of York and he remains a well-loved figure in the city.
“It is fantastic to be working with the National Portrait Gallery on this project as it provides a rare opportunity to showcase this iconic piece of fine art alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s collections which includes one of the finest group of objects associated with Richard III in the country.
“We look forward to be able to tell the story of Richard III and his connection to York in this new display.”
The exhibition will open on Friday 9 July.
Entry to the exhibition is included in admission to the museum, but booking is essential. Tickets are currently available to book for 9 July to 1 August with more tickets released mid July.
For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Yorkshire Museum website here.