Enjoy some of the most spectacular art in the world when visiting London, as two very special exhibitions bring together the story of the foundation of the Royal Collection.
From 25th January until 15th April 2018, the Royal Academy in Piccadilly is hosting an exhibition called Charles I King and Collector. Over three hundred years ago, King Charles, I began the foundation of an incredible royal art collection. He was determined to create a collection that would rival all others, gathering together old master paintings, classical sculptures, tapestries and much more. Artists included Van Dyke, Holbein, Durer, Titian, and Rubens. Yet within a few years, Charles I had fallen from power and his collection was dispersed. Many of the artworks formed the basis for the collections held at the Louvre and Prado museums. The place of this event isn’t too far from hotel Edward Paddington London.
What makes this exhibition so fascinating is not just the sheer scale of the artworks on display, but the fact that it is the first time that over 100 of the greatest objects from King Charles’ I collection have been reunited in one place. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of a royal art connoisseur.
When Charles I’s son was restored to the throne, he immediately embarked on the task of recreating that stunning collection. Charles II was equally passionate about art and re-purchased as many items as he could find. He also added to it – as have British kings and queens ever since. The resultant Royal Collection is now one of the most priceless, and incomparable art collections in the world. Check out best hotels near Paddington Station to book your stay and visit the royal art exhibition.
Some of that collection can be seen at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Among the objects on display is a special exhibition entitled Charles II Art and Power, which is on until mid-May. It reveals the breadth of interest and the cultural knowledge of Charles II. On display are stunning old master paintings including the incredible Massacre of the Innocents by Brueghel and a portrait of King Charles II in his coronation robes. Be amazed by the splendor of the silver gilt furniture, tapestries, and ornamental plate. Charles II was determined to impress, to show off his power and glory – and did so with immense success.
The artistic interests of the two kings can also be seen a not far way at The Banqueting Hall in Whitehall. Used by both King Charles I and Charles II as a location for feasts and masques, it was built on the orders of King Charles I and contains an incredible ceiling painted by Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens.