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Video: a close-up look at Charles I’s Holbein drawings

Published 22 January 2018

As the RA prepares to show the great works of Charles I’s art collection, we go behind the scenes at Windsor Castle to see some rarely-shown Holbein drawings that are coming to the exhibition.

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    The Print Room of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle houses some of the most precious and fragile works of the Royal Collection. They include works on paper such as Holbein’s drawings of key figures from the court of Henry VIII, which rarely see the light of day — and are extremely well preserved as a result.

    Several of these drawings are coming to the Royal Academy for Charles I: King and Collector. Here, Desmond Shawe-Taylor — Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures and co-curator of the exhibition — explains what they reveal about the differing tastes of Charles I and his eventual successor Charles II, and the changing perceptions of drawings as works of art in their own right.

  • Work in focus: Desmond Shawe-Taylor discusses Anthony van Dyck’s Charles I (Le Roi à la chasse) in the Fine Rooms on 19 February.

    Charles I: King and Collector is in the Main Galleries at the RA from 27 January — 15 April 2018.

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