Charles I: King and Collector
27 January — 15 April 2018
Discover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition brings together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.
We’ve released a limited number of tickets for the final day of Charles I, closing 9pm. Friends of the RA go free and don’t need to book, but there may be a queue for entry. Any returns will be available to purchase in person from the box office.
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 reunites the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time. Celebrating its breadth and grandeur, it includes over 100 works of art, ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. In showing these works together, the exhibition demonstrates the radical impact they had at the time and sheds light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.
Join us to experience the most dazzling treasures of this unique collection, reunited in all their glory.
All ticket prices include £2.50 for a printed gallery guide.
Exhibition organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust.
27 January — 15 April 2018
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 11pm
Sunday 10am – 9pm
£20 (without donation £18). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking requiredBook now
Exhibition organised in partnership with
This is a landmark exhibition. You will not see its likes again. Don’t miss your chance.
On 16 April, the astounding paintings of King Charles I’s legendary art collection will once again be separated and sent back to their homes around the world, as our exhibition comes to an end. We’re open until 10pm every Friday, but to make sure you don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the reunited collection, we’re staying open late every night of the final weekend:
Friday 13 April open until 10pm
Saturday 14 April open until 11pm
Sunday 15 April open until 9pm
Stellar, majestic, improbable and utterly engrossing.