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Charles I

King and Collector

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Published: 24th Jan 2018
Dimensions: w 251mm h 314mm d 18mm
Weight: 1225g
ISBN-10: 1910350672
ISBN-13: 9781910350676
Barcode No: 9781910350676
During his reign, King Charles I (1600-1649) assembled one of Europe's most extraordinary art collections. Indeed, by the time of his death, it contained some 2,000 paintings and sculptures. Charles I: King and Collector explores the origins of the collection, the way it was assembled and what it came to represent. Authoritative essays provide a revealing historical context for the formation of the King's taste. They analyse key areas of the collection, such as the Italian Renaissance, and how the paintings that Charles collected influenced the contemporary artists he commissioned. Following Charles's execution, his collection was sold. This book, which accompanies the exhibition, reunites its most important works in sumptuous detail. Featuring paintings by such masters as Van Dyck, Rubens and Raphael, this striking publication offers a unique insight into this fabled collection.

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a once in a life-time exhibition where works from Charles I's collection are reunited for the first time in 400 years.--Mark Brown "The Guardian " ...a once-in-a-lifetime gathering--Laura Cumming "The Observer " Perfectly executed display of Charles I's regal power.--Rachel Campbell- Johnston "The Financial Times " An astonishing accumulation of masterpieces.--Keith Thomas "New York Review of Books "