Royal Academy Charles I : King and Collector exhibition catalogue

Charles I : King and Collector

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'a historic event, a marvel of organisation, borrowing power and intensive scholarship.' - The Observer

Charles I at the Royal Academy

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 is the scholarly and informative exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at the Royal Academy - a show described by The Observer as 'a once-in-a-lifetime gathering.'

With some 240 paintings and sculptures, this book features work by Van Dyck, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Holbein, Mantegna, Leonardo, Rembrandt and many more, all reproduced in superb quality. 

Authoritative and accessible essays by contributors including David Ekserdjian, Dr Barbara Furlotti, Gregory Martin, Guido Rebecchini, Vanessa Remington, Dr Karen Serres and Helen Wyld explore the origins of the collection, the way it was assembled and analyse key areas of the collection, such as the Italian Renaissance.

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  • Authors: Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures and Per Rumberg, Curator at the Royal Academy
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 200 colour illustrations
  • Date published: January 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1910350676
  • Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 24.5 cm

'a historic event, a marvel of organisation, borrowing power and intensive scholarship.' - The Observer

'exceptionally well realised. From the first room to the last, the show maintains a coherent, compelling structure, which tells the story of Charles's collecting and collection in clear chronological and thematic episodes.' - BBC

'It is hard to be measured about this show. I was reeling when I left.' - The Evening Standard 

'there are wonderful treasures everywhere you look in the exhibition: an array of austere, but marvellously penetrating portraits by Holbein and Durer; Tintoretto’s explosive, visionary Esther before Abaseurus; a trio of monumental, and very odd, Old Testament scenes by Orazio Gentileschi – and that’s to name just a tiny handful of highlights.' - Telegraph