Discover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition will bring together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.
King Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.
Yet, following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre and the Prado.
Charles I: King and Collector will reunite the greatest masterpieces of the collection for the first time. Celebrating the grandeur and breadth of this magnificent collection, the exhibition will include over 100 works of art, from monumental paintings and tapestries to exquisite miniatures and classical sculpture. Seen together, the radical impact of these works will shed light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.
Make sure to join us in spring 2018 to experience the most dazzling treasures of this unique collection reunited in all their glory.
Exhibition organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust.
27 January — 15 April 2018
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
£20 (without donation £18). Concessions available. Friends of the RA, and under 16s when with a fee-paying adult, go free.Book now