Charles I: King and Collector at Royal Academy of Arts
- The collection of Charles I was one of the greatest art collections in history
- Reassembled in its full glory for the first time since the 17th century
- The exhibition includes masterpieces by great Renaissance masters such as Titian, as well as contemporary stars of the day, such as Anthony Van Dyck
- Experience the monumental grandeur and opulence of Charles’s royal court
- Discover the profound impact the collection had on British art and taste
27 January 2018 to 15 April 2018
Saturday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm
DescriptionDiscover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition will bring together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.
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, following the King’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre and the Prado.
Charles I: King and Collector will reunite the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time. Celebrating its breadth and grandeur, it will include over 100 works of art, ranging from classical sculptures to 17th-century paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. In showing these works together, the exhibition will demonstrate the radical impact they had at the time and shed light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.
Make sure to visit to experience the most dazzling treasures of this unique collection reunited in all their glory.
What's Included in the tour
- Entry to the exhibiton
What's Excluded in the tour
- Food and drink
- Travel to the venue
Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Anniversary Partner of the Royal Academy of Arts
Exhibition organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust
Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson, 1633
Oil on canvas, 219.1 x 134.8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, inv. 1952.5.39
Photo © Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington