At the Queen's Gallery, Charles II, the Merry Monarch

They called him "The Merry Monarch", for the hedonistic and care-free climate of his reign, in sharp contrast to the austerity of the Cromwell decade that preceded it. The Queen's Gallery of Buckingham Palace celebrates King Charles II with a large exhibition, which retraces the principal events of his times, depicting the customs of a court filled with artists, philosophers and scientists, the patronage and love of the sovereign for art as well as the curiosities of his private life. Despite the Great Fire of 1666 and the Black Plague, Charles II found a way to bring Great Britain back to being a key economic, political and maritime power worldwide, as well as reconstructing London with new buildings and monuments. In focus, the King's art collection, overflowing with works of inestimable value: from Pieter Bruegel the Old to John Michael Wright, from Georges de la Tour to Maarten van Heemskerk, along with Italian masters such as Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano and Paolo Veronese. Precious tapestries, textiles, jewellery and incredible furnishings give a sense of the tastes of the time, but also act as testimony to important events, such as the coronation, while letters, gifts and portraits act as reminders of the loves of the King.
Francesca Grego - © 2017 for Bvlgari Hotel London