The Gallery gets its name from the practice of hanging portraits of generations of the castle's occupants, Lords, Ladies or Royalty, on the walls of one large room. However, the term "gallery" also evolved to indicate any room where guests could be received - a renaissance "living room".

Bovey Castle, Devon, England




Another example of a gallery in castles and manors of today. Still very large rooms, but styled for comfort and entertaining.


Woman in medieval dress and hairstyle. Long braids, or "plaits" were popular in the earlier medieval era, while more intricate up-dos and curls gained favor towards the renaissance period. Most women never had their hair cut, and by adulthood could easily sit on it when loose.



The traditional Gallery in a castle was a long room displaying portraits and art work on the walls, usually with an ornate ceiling.

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