The Royal Academy of Arts reunites the legendary art collection of Charles I for the first time since the 17th century.
King Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.
Yet, just months after his execution in 1949, the collection was offered for sale and dispersed across Europe. Although many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of collections such as the Musée du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado.
Charles I: King and Collector will reunite one of the most extraordinary and influential art collections ever assembled. Including over 100 pieces, this landmark exhibition will show artworks ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries, providing an unprecedented opportunity to experience the collection that changed the appreciation of art in England.
Charles I: King and Collector
Royal Academy of Arts
27 January — 15 April 2018