Opening next week…

A quick reminder that the long, LONG overdue exhibition of Charles I’s (mostly) reunited art collection opens next Saturday, 27th January, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

In a nice parallel of the way King Charles’s agents travelled the continent to source and buy the Western world’s greatest artworks during the 17th century, curators from the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Academy have spent two years travelling across Europe to persuade the great art institutions to send their paintings back to the UK on loan.

It is the first time the collection dispersed by Oliver Cromwell after the King’s death has ever been recreated, and it will surely be the last. Rubens, Titian and, of course, Van Dyck, are represented amongst the returnees, alongside pictures recovered by Charles II during the Restoration, which now form part of the Royal Collection.

The exhibition only runs until 15th April, so if you are anywhere near London in the next few months, don’t miss it!

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The Telegraph

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