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Charles I: King and Collector

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'For its comprehensiveness and novel conceptualization of how to present a collection's history, this is a landmark contribution to the field of art history and museum studies generally, and is of core significance to British art and cultural studies, and to the history of collections' - Choice

A second hand copy of this richly illustrated book exploring the art collection of King Charles I

During his reign, King Charles I (1600-1649) assembled one of Europe's most extraordinary art collections. Indeed, by the time of his death, it contained some 2,000 paintings and sculptures. Charles I: King and Collector explores the origins of the collection, the way it was assembled and what it came to represent.

Authoritative essays provide a revealing historical context for the formation of the King's taste. They analyse key areas of the collection, such as the Italian Renaissance, and how the paintings that Charles collected influenced the contemporary artists he commissioned. Following Charles's execution, his collection was sold.

This book, which accompanies the exhibition, reunites its most important works in sumptuous detail. Featuring paintings by such masters as Van Dyck, Rubens and Raphael, this striking publication offers a unique insight into this fabled collection.

  • Author: Desmond Shawe-Taylor
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 200 colour illustrations
  • Date published: January 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781910350676
  • Dimensions: 30.1 x 25.2 cm

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