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Charles II: Art & Power

Detail from Verrio's Sea Triumph of Charles II ©

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • Next event: Sunday, 9 Dec 2018
    Daily (Friday, 23 Nov 2018 - Sunday, 2 Jun 2019)
  • Adult £7.20
    Over 60 £6.60
    Student (with valid ID) £6.40
    Under 17/ Disabled £3.60
    Under 5 Free
    Family £18.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king.  Old master paintings and spectacular silver furniture show the rich material world of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

Exhibition highlights

Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707)

The Sea Triumph of Charles II

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The muscles of the back and arm

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Gallery at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15 minute walk from the station.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Queen’s Gallery is a 20 minute walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.