Glamour of the Gods

Hollywood Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery   

7 July - 23 October 2011 



Glamour of the Gods is a celebration of Hollywood portraiture from the industry's 'Golden Age', the period 1920 to 1960. From Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, it is these portraits that transformed actors and actresses into international style icons. In many cases, these are the career-defining images of Hollywood's most celebrated names and help to illustrate their enduring appeal.

Featuring over 70 photographs, most of which were exquisite vintage prints displayed for the first time, the exhibition was drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation and demonstrated photography's decisive role in creating and marketing the stars central to the Hollywood mystique.

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Exhibition organised by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art