Charles I: King and Collector is one of the best exhibitions on display in London now. It remains on view at the Royal Academy of Arts until 15th April 2018. The exhibition brings together masterpieces Charles I put together throughout his life and until his decapitation in 1649. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre in Paris and the Prado in Madrid.
This collection includes rarely-seen-before works by artists including Tintoretto, Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer, Van Dyck and Rubens. The provenance for some of these work is very prestigious since they are from the Royal collection.
Charles I: King and Collector reunites the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time. It includes over 100 works of art, ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. A must-see.
Image: Anthony van Dyck’s Charles I and Henrietta Maria with Prince Charles and Princess Mary (‘The Greate Peece’), 1632. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018.