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Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy of Arts



Friday 23rd March 2018


8:45 am to 10:00 am (breakfast optional)

at the Royal Academy of Arts

Price Member (please login) Free

Price Non-Member £60.00




Friday 23rd March 2018


8:45 am at Royal Academy of Arts

9:00 am – 10:00 am tour with Francoise Durrance

10:00 am breakfast



Discover with a curator and before opening hours the Royal Academy’s exhibition of Charles I: Kind and Collector. The tour will be exclusively commented by Francoise Durrance, Royal Academy senior lecturer. We will then enjoy breakfast in a private room.



Royal Academy of Arts, 1 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Charles I: King and Collector


Discover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition brings together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.

King Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.

Yet, following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre and the Prado.

Charles I: King and Collector reunites the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time. Celebrating its breadth and grandeur, it includes over 100 works of art, ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. In showing these works together, the exhibition demonstrates the radical impact they had at the time and sheds light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.