The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace - Charles II: Art & Power

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king.
 
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John Michael Wright, Charles II, c.1676.Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Sir Peter Lely, Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, c.1665. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Sir Peter Lely, Elizabeth Hamilton, Countess of Gramont, c.1663. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Jacob Huysmans, Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), c.1662-64. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Pieter Brugel the Elder, The Massacre of the Innocents, c.1565-67. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Orazio Gentileschi, A Sibyl, c.1635-8. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
From John Michael Wright's monumental portrait of Charles II in his coronation robes and a glittering silver-gilt plate which adorned the high-altar of Westminster Abbey during the King's coronation, to old master paintings, tapestries and spectacular silver-gilt furniture, the exhibition shows the rich material world of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.
 
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Titian, Madonna and Child in a Landscape with Tobias and the Angel, c.1535-40,Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Paolo Veronese, The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Alexandria, c.1562-69. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Pieter Brugel the Elder, The Massacre of the Innocents, c.1565-67. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
 
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Maarten van Heemskerck, The Four Last Things, 1565. Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

 
Start date: December 8, 2017
End date: May 13, 2018
Address: Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
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