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

His tragic destiny, decapitation in 1649, didn’t allow him to fully enjoy his treasures, exceptional masterpieces acquired or commissioned by Charles I himself with a list of world famous artists, including Van Dyck, Rubens, Tiziano and Mantegna. And while many paintings belonging to the patron-sovereign were sold and spread across Europe after his death, part of the precious collection, recovered by Charles II, can be admired at this exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Charles I: King and Collector will reunite, in fact, for the first time, approximately 150 works from the XVII Century, from paintings by Tiziano and Veronese to the exquisite collection of works by Gonzaga, that the "Martyred King" gathered during his life and which, in 1649, included 1500 paintings and 500 sculptures. The exhibition will include important works on loan from the Royal Collection, the National Gallery, the Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado. From the monumental portraits of the King and his family - masterpieces by Van Dyck and the nucleus of the exhibition, such as the celebrated Le Roi à la Chasse, which returns to England for the first time since the XVII Century - to Minerva Protects Peace from Mars by Peter Paul Rubens, from the Trionfo di Cesare by Andrea Mantegna to the tapestries of Mortlake with the Atti degli Apostoli by Raphael, the highly anticipated event in London inaugurates the celebration of 250 years for the historic institution in the heart of Piccadilly.
Samantha De Martin - © 2017 for Bulgari Hotel London