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“Charles I: King and Collector” at Royal Academy of Arts, London

Anthony van Dyck, Charles I, 1635-6 Oil on canvas, 84.4 x 99.4 cm RCIN 404420
(Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017)

The highly anticipated exhibition “Charles I: King and Collector” is now open for public viewing in London. The Royal Academy of Arts is hosting the exhibition, which explores the life and art collection of the former king. The exhibition runs at the Mayfair venue until mid-April 2018.

The show features one of the most popular and extensive art collections ever assembled. The installation includes works from Charles I (1600-1649) that he acquired and commissioned from the e fifteenth to the seventeenth century, including works by Van Dyck, Rubens, Holbein, Titian, and Mantegna, among others. The monarch was executed in 1649 and just months later the collection was offered for sale and dispersed across Europe. On view are around 150 works for the first time since the seventeenth century, providing an opportunity to explore the collection that changed the concept of art appreciation in England.

The highlights of “Charles I: King and Collector” includes Peter Paul Rubens’s Minerva Protects Pax from Mars (‘Peace and War’), 1629-30 (The National Gallery, London) and his Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon, 1630-5 (The Royal Collection) as well as Van Dyck’s spectacular Cupid and Psyche, 1639-40 (The Royal Collection).

“Charles I: King and Collector” runs from January 27 through April 15, 2018, at Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, UK.

For details, visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.