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Patronage & Collecting at the Court of Charles I

17 Mar 2018

Full day: £90.00

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Patronage & Collecting at the Court of Charles I Study Day

During a very brief period from the mid 1620s to the early 1640s the collection of paintings formed by Charles I was the most spectacular in Europe. To the dismay of many of his subjects, the king spent vast sums on procuring paintings by the most admired Italian Renaissance masters, including Mantegna, Raphael, Correggio and Titian. He also employed leading continental artists of his own day, including Rubens, Van Dyck and Orazio Gentileschi, to celebrate the Stuart dynasty with large-scale allegories and magnificent portraits. Charles’s example was followed by several of his leading courtiers, some of whom assembled collections that were scarcely less impressive. Following the Civil War and the king’s execution, all these collections were dispersed abroad, and although Charles II succeeded in retaining or recovering some of his father’s masterpieces, the great majority were lost to Britain forever.

This Study Day is planned to coincide with a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, Charles I: King and Collector (27 January to 15 April 2018), which will reunite many of the dispersed paintings with loans from the Louvre, the Prado and elsewhere. In these four lectures we will consider such questions as the formation of Charles’s taste and his motives as a collector, and trace the story of his acquisition of the great collection of the Dukes of Mantua in the late 1620s. We will also look at the parallel activities of his courtiers, and finally, at the complicated logistics of organising an exhibition of this ambitious scope at the RA.

Study Day Programme:


i. Charles I: Assembling his Collection
Lucy Whitaker (Senior Curator of Paintings, The Royal Collection)


ii. Charles I: Patron, Connoisseur, Curator
Lucy Whitaker (Senior Curator of Paintings, The Royal Collection)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. The Courtiers: Arundel, Buckingham, Hamilton
Prof. Peter Humfrey (Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Advisor)


iv. The Making of ‘Charles I: King and Collector’
Lucy Chiswell (Royal Academy)


Study Day Location:

Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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