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Loans from the Royal Collection

Current loans to exhibitions from the Royal Collection

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Every year hundreds of objects, including paintings, drawings and decorative arts, are lent from the Royal Collection to institutions across the UK and abroad for both short- and long-term display. The loans programme, administered by Royal Collection Trust, enables new audiences to enjoy works of art from the Royal Collection, as well as helping us to increase our understanding of these works.

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See a selection of current loans from the Royal Collection below.

Two paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi, an exquisite manuscript illustrated by Esther Inglis, and a marble sculpture by Mary Thornycroft are among the works that have been lent to the Tate Britain until October. Their exhibition focuses on women artists and highlights women’s presence and place in the art world and their journey to becoming professional artists, including, in some cases, how they benefitted from royal endorsement and patronage.

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Six of Andrea Mantegna’s monumental paintings from the series The Triumphs of Caesar – considered to be amongst the finest achievements in Italian Renaissance art – have been loaned from the Royal Collection and can now be seen in a special display at the National Gallery. Other items from the Royal Collection are on long-term loan.

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Abraham-Louis Breguet's ‘Sympathique’ clock is on loan until September. This clock demonstrates his genius through a clock which regulates a removable pocket watch. The display brings together a selection of his remarkable pieces, united by their connection to England.

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This exhibition brings together over 250 luxury works of art from the 18th century, including boxes, snuffboxes, cases and other fashionable accessories. A group of seven boxes from the Royal Collection form part of this exhibition, including the 1770s Berlin-made snuff box first owned by Frederick I of Prussia. Until 29 September.

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Six magnificent drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti have been lent to the British Museum until 28 July. They include two of the famous ‘presentation drawings’, given by the artist to his friend Tommaso de’ Cavalieri in the 1530s and sketches for the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Also included are two black chalk drawings of the Crucifixion which were made when Michelangelo was in his eighties. Other items are on long-term loan.

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The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino is holding an exhibition which brings together over 80 works by Federico Barocci. This includes two beautiful drawings on loan from the Royal Collection until October, both studies for paintings, carried out in coloured chalks on blue paper.

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This exhibition looks at the vital role played by the horse in the history of European monarchy. This coincides with the equestrian sports of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Important works on loan include Landseer’s portrait of Queen Victoria on horseback, as well as portraits of horses presented as diplomatic gifts to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The spectacular Alhambra Table Fountain, celebrates Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s love of horses with silver models of animals standing around the central fountain.

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Visit the Palace of Versailles website

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.