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Charles I: King and Collector


Royal Academy of Arts [London]

  • Daily (Saturday, 27 Jan 2018 - Sunday, 15 Apr 2018)

This landmark exhibition, organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, will reunite one of the most extraordinary and influential art collections ever assembled.  During his reign, Charles I (1600–1649) acquired and commissioned exceptional masterpieces from the 15th to the 17th centuries, including works by Van Dyck, Rubens, Holbein, Titian and Mantegna, amongst others. 

Charles I was executed in 1649, and just months later the collection was offered for sale and dispersed across Europe.  Although many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of collections such as the Musée du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado.  This exhibition will reunite around 150 of the most important works for the first time since the 17th century, including 91 works from the Royal Collection, providing an unprecedented opportunity to experience the collection that changed the appreciation of art in England.

Map & directions

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD