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New skull artwork of King Richard III to go on display

New artwork of King Richard III is to go on display at an exhibition in London. Credit: Alexander de Cadenet/ University of Leicester

New artwork of King Richard III is to go on display at an exhibition in London.

The portraits have been produced using University of Leicester X-ray scans of the last Plantagenet king following his discovery by archaeologists beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012.

Contemporary artist Alexander de Cadenet will unveil the first in a new series of skull portraits today.

Contemporary artist Alexander de Cadenet will unveil the first in a new series of skull portraits today. Credit: Alexander de Cadenet/ University of Leicester

The portraits challenge the traditional facility of art to keep the life/identity of a subject alive in the minds of future generations - as they present a forensic X-ray record of the subject's remains as opposed to a recognisable likeness of their face.

For me, Richard III is one of the ultimate skull portraits and I feel honoured to be able to present him using this concept as he is a part of our country's history.

– Alexander de Cadenet, artist

Richard III has also been represented in other contemporary art forms. A facial reconstruction was commissioned by the Richard III Society and more recently a large photo-mosaic portrait was unveiled on the first anniversary of his reinterment. Both are on display at the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester.

Both are on display at the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester. Credit: Alexander de Cadenet/ University of Leicester