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LEONE LEONI (1509-90)

Charles V (1500-1558), Holy Roman Emperor

1555c. 1555

RCIN 35325

George IV bought this powerful image of chivalry and kingship, together with the bust of Philip II of Spain, from the wealthy collector George Watson-Taylor. He undoubtedly admired Leoni’s carefully accurate rendition of sixteenth-century armour as much as the portraits themselves.

Purchased in 1825

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