King Charles 1 amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, works by the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning works by artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens. Following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others form the core of museum collections such as the Louvre and the Prado. The exhibition reunites the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to tapestries.
Many may remember Graham Greenfield’s excellent talk before the visit to the “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” exhibition. He will guide us through the “Charles 1: King and Collector” exhibition telling its story and explaining the significant impact of the works at the time.
10.15 a.m. onwards Meet at St James’ church hall basement for tea, coffee (via Church Place, directly off Piccadilly, down the iron steps)
11.00 a.m. Lecture by Graham Greenfield of the Royal Academy.
12.00 to 1.20 p.m. (lunch is not included)
01.30 p.m. Timed entry group 1 at the Royal Academy Burlington House 02.00 p.m. Timed entry group 2 at the Royal Academy Burlington House
Bookings will be taken at the next meeting.
Picture Charles I Anthony van Dyck 1635-6 Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017