Father and Son: Two Very Different Monarchs, Two Fabulous Shows!
Charles I: King and Collector - Friday 6 April at 9.00
Curator Led tour with Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures
Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London
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 art from contemporary artists such as van Dyck and Rubens. Following the King's execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe; Charles I: King and Collector reunites the greatest masterpieces for the first time. It includes some 150 works of art, ranging from Classical sculptures to Baroque paintings and includes exquisite miniatures and monumental tapestries. At this exhibition these works were reunited for the first time since the 17th century.
Charles II: Art & Power – Wednesday 11 April from 18.30 to 19.30
Evening tour, followed by a glass of wine - tickets £35 pp
Private Evening Tour with Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London
In 1660, after a decade of Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy led to a resurgence of the arts in England. Charles II ordered new royal regalia and Crown Jewels to replace those sold off or melted down - an intricate silver-gilt mace almost 1.4 metres in length is among a number of pieces made for the King's 1661 coronation. The court became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art.
Charles II: Art & Power includes over 220 paintings, drawings, books and works of art from The Royal Collection. It includes John Michael Wright's monumental portrait and a glittering silver-gilt plate which adorned the high-altar of Westminster Abbey during the King's coronation, to old master paintings, tapestries and spectacular silver-gilt furniture, the exhibition shows the rich material of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.
Includes tour with Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures followed by glass of wine