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Introduction to ‘Charles I: King and Collector’

Free talk


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Monday 29 January 2018
1 — 2pm

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Charles I: King and Collector

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Anthony van Dyck, Charles I, 1635-6.

Find out more about this painting on Royal Collection Trust’s website.

Oil on canvas. 84.4 x 99.4 cm. RCIN 404420. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

Curator Per Rumberg introduces ‘Charles I: King and Collector’, highlighting the significant artists and masterpieces featured in the exhibition and the impact of the collection on art and artists at the time.

During his reign, Charles I set about assembling an art collection to rival all others; but it was sold off and scattered across Europe following his execution in 1649. As well as commissioning contemporary artists Van Dyck and Rubens, he bought hundreds of Renaissance gems, including works by Titian and Holbein, and ultimately amassed a treasure trove of art that was unprecedented in all of British history for its importance and sheer splendour. While many works were retrieved by his son Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre in Paris and the Prado in Madrid.

The exhibition Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy will reunite the greatest masterpieces of the collection for the first time. Celebrating the grandeur and breadth of this magnificent collection, it will include works ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. In showing these works together, the exhibition will demonstrate their radical impact at the time and shed light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.

Per Rumberg is Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. He previously worked at the National Gallery, where he was one of the curators of the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan (2011–12). He studied in London, Florence and Berlin and received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. His expertise and interests range from the Italian Renaissance to 21st century.

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Monday 29 January 2018

1 — 2pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly. Entrance via the Keeper's House.

Free, booking required.